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  • May 16 / 2017
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Presentation night – 27 May 2017

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Presentation night is closing in pretty quickly so make sure you circle the date in your diaries – Saturday 27 May.

Awards, food, celebrations, and reflections on the season’s races. Lots to talk about. Don’t miss out.

Doors open at 6pm; dinner at 7pm.

Tickets: Members & guests – adults $20.00, families $50.00

Buy tickets at the canteen on Saturdays or from the bar. If you’re not available to collect and pay in person you may wish to email the sailing committee via vice.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au with the number of tickets required. Ticket sales will close on Tuesday 22 May. 

For more information see the social events web page.

  • Feb 05 / 2017
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event, news, sailing, training

Transition to racing program – Feb

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Our Transition to Racing program is set to run on Saturday mornings on 4, 11 and 18 of February. This program is free to club members wishing to further practise their sailing skills. First priority for access to club pacers are given to graduates of the 2016 Learn to Sail program.

The program will operate between 8:30 am – 11:30 am with sessions covering gybing, tacking, race starts, flag recognition and capsizing. Skills to be practised will be announced on the day depending on wind and weather conditions and participants skill level.

This is not a formal program but more about giving you the opportunity to practise your skills in a supervised and safe environment.

To book a place contact Gayle at: training@williamstownsailing.org.com.au

 

 

 

  • Jan 26 / 2017
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event, news, sailing, social

Family day  – Sun 12 Feb

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Last year was our first family day and it was a roaring success, so we are doing it again on Sunday 12 February from 10am – 2pm.

The idea of the day is to bring down your own family and then any extended family you might like – grandparents, grand kids, brother, sister etc. and share our great club with them. You are also welcome to invite some friends to join us.

We will have some water based activities available like kayaks, Ozi Opti and Pacers to sail, fishing casting competition, swimming off the jetty, and just enjoying the location. Of course there are also the indoor activities upstairs like table tennis and foozball. A BBQ lunch will be available to purchase and the bar will be open from midday. Great live music will be provided by one of our favourite and popular performing groups ‘The Angelicats’ from 11am till 1pm.

Make sure you put the date in your diary and come along. Gold coin donation to help cover musician costs.

To get all the details and keep yourself up to date with our social activities, check out the social events page

 

 

 

  • Nov 16 / 2016
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Lipton Cup – 19 & 20 Nov 2016

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The Lipton Cup Regatta is a fun weekend of sailing for racing, cruising and classic yachts, sportsboats and trailable yachts, and off-the-beach boats. The sailing program caters for all sailing enthusiasts. Find out more about the regatta on the Lipton Cup Regatta website.

Schedule – Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November

Off-the-beach racing will be conducted by Williamstown Sailing Club and Port Melbourne Yacht Club on Saturday 19 November. The first warning will be at 12:00 with 3 laid course races.

The course areas

Off-the-beach races will be held in Hobsons Bay.

Keelboat windward-leeward races will be conducted on three separate course areas:

  • The course area for Divisions A and B will be in the open waters of Port Phillip, west of the main shipping channel.
  • The course area for Division C and Sportsboats will be in the open waters of Port Phillip, east of the main shipping channel.
  • The course area for Division D and Trailable Yachts will be in Hobsons Bay.

2016 regatta documents

 

  • Oct 02 / 2016
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Sailing opening day – Sat 8 Oct

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The sailing season opens on Saturday 8 October.

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. The official activities will start at 1pm.

 

 

 

  • Aug 29 / 2016
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news, sailing, training

Learn to sail course dates released (over 12 years of age)

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The aim of this course 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. For children 7 to 12 we provide a TACKERS training program.

The 2016-17 course consists of:

  • Theory sessions: 3 x Thursdays – 3, 10 17 November (7:30pm – 9:45pm)
  • On-the-water training: 5 x Saturdays – 5, 12, 26 November, 3, 10 December (8:30am – 12:30pm)
    Note: Saturday 17 December is held in reserve in case we have unsatisfactory weather conditions on one of the other dates.

Find out more information here including how to enrol.

 

 

 

  • Aug 25 / 2016
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news

Vale Trisha O’Driscoll

30 October 1953 – 11 August 2016

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Trisha O’Driscoll.

Trisha was a member of our club for a relatively short period, from 2006 when she undertook the Learn to Sail program and for a few years thereafter – but her links to the Club were strong. Trisha’s father had been a long-time member, brother Ray is a current member as is her brother-in-law Bill.

Trisha was a wonderful person, and made her mark wherever she went. She was full of kindness, love and joy – just her presence would light up a room. Vivacious and charming, beautiful inside and out, loving and giving and wickedly funny.

Trisha and her mate Carol sailed Pacers together, often with hilarious results, but always with a spirit of fun and adventure. Trisha was part of the Social Committee at the club and helped organise a number of functions – it was always light work when she was around because she made everything fun.

Trisha taught at Willy North Primary for many years, and more recently at Altona Primary and Sacred Heart. Some of you or perhaps your children were taught by Trisha, I bet she left her mark. She believed in the benefits of education for all and taught with commitment and love. When asked about teaching children who had ‘problems’ – her answer was simple – ‘you have to love them even more’.

Our deepest condolences go to Trisha’s husband Vic, her children Heath and Alex and to Ray and Bill.

Su Fraser

  • Apr 25 / 2016
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Social sail video – Sat 23 April

Video of the social sail held on 23 April 2016. The course started at the jetty, went across to Port Melbourne, down to St Kilda marina and back.


  • Mar 22 / 2016
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management, news

Vale – former secretary Daryl Janes (1926 – 2016)

1970s at the sailing club

Daryl Janes passed away at Footscray Hospital on Monday 29 February 2016. He had been a member of the Williamstown Sailing Club since 1944 – 72 years of membership. He had not been well over the last five years, with several health concerns. Daryl had remained actively involved on the Committee till about four years ago.

Daryl joined the Williamstown Punt Club in 1944. He was not that interested in the sailing, it was mainly to pursue the affections of Decima Andrews, a young lady who was a crew member, sailing with local identity, Cliffe Elliott. His pursuit obviously worked as he and Decima later married and moved into a new home in Ford Street Newport where he lived up until his death. Sadly, Decima passed away in 2015, and had been hospitalised for 7 years. Despite his own poor health, Darryl visited her every day in the nursing home to help care for her.

Daryl’s working career started in the Costings and Accounting Department at the Government Aircraft Factory at Fishermans Bend. There he was introduced to the world of finance and accounting. He maintained working in the accounting sector for most of his life, including part time activities well into his eighties.

Daryl was elected to the Committee of Management at the Club in 1968, and was elevated to the position of Vice Commodore in 1976. Following the death of Treasure and Life Member James Pearl, Darryl accepted the position of Treasurer and served in this capacity for 34 years. He was awarded Life Membership in 1994. Daryl was known for keeping a very tight watch on the club finances, and would hunt around to get the best price on any purchases. The secure financial position the club is in today, owes much to the historical management of club funds by Daryl.

In 2012 the Committee of Management moved into computerised accounting and Daryl decided it was time to step down as the Club Treasurer and let others take over.

Well may we say ”Well done good and faithful servant”. We say goodbye and applaud this exceptional person who gave so much to the Club over so many years.

Bill Pride

  • Jan 17 / 2016
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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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