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  • 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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news, sailing, social

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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event, news, sailing

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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  • Nov 12 / 2014
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Lipton Cup Regatta 2014

On Saturday 15 November, many club members participated in different races and divisions for the Lipton Cup Regatta. This was a joint hosted Regatta between Royals, Port Melbourne and Williamstown Sailing Clubs. Several of our club members were very successful, achieving excellent results in various divisions.

A total of 17 competitors entered in the Keelboat – Trailable and Sport Boats Division D hosted at RYCV, and 50 competitors sailed at WSC and 19 at PMYC (multihull and laser classes).

WSC races were set off in four divisions based on Yachting Victoria handicap:

  • Division 1 YV yardstick 130+  – the fleet was largely made up of Minnow, Cadet (International), Mirror & Optimist classes.
  • Division 2 YV yardstick  119 – 129.5 – 125, Hartley TS16, Sabre, Pacer,
  • Division 3 YV yardstick 100 – 118.5 – 420, Jollyboat, Flying Dutchman, Taser, Nationla E & Impulse classes.
  • Division 4  YV yardstick below 99.5 – 29er, 49er, 505, B14, Javelin & Musto Skiff classes.

Trailable results

Five WSC boats competed in the Trailables races with skipper Peter Wright Sail no 121 in FIZ IV taking out third place based on CBH.

See the official results online at TopYacht.

OTB results (WSC)

Place, Sail no, Boats Name, Class, Skipper/Crew, Series Score – Total (Race 3/Race 2/Race 1)

Division 2

1. 2155 Banana Split, Pacer, Greg Parsons/Hayden, 4 (1/2/1)
2. 1987 Seasomfin, Sabre, Andrew Keil, 5 (2/1/2)
3. 2667 JASS, Pacer, Allan O’Brien/Trent Meddings, 13 (5/5/3)

Division 3

3. 105 Casimir L’ Dem, Impulse, Stefan Gevers, 9 (3/5/1)

Volunteers

A big thank you to the following volunteers:
  • WSC Race Control Tower: Noel Craven, Dawn Beattie & Robyn Ho-Sans
  • Course Boat/Rescue – Willy 1: Stephen Meddings & Graham Knight
  • Rescue & Pin - Blue RIB – Willy 2: Nick Olliff & Con Bourakis
  • Rescue – Red RIB – Willy 3: Michael Attard & Rod Assafiri
  • Committee Boat (Jack Cox)
    • Race Officer / Time keeper: Simon van den Berg
    • Course board: Jim Rees
    • Line sighter and signal (horn): Warren Grosvenor
  • Canteen: Lois Hunt and Margaret Morrissey

 

 

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