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  • Feb 22 / 2018
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management, news, sailing

Looking for owner of Sabre 1454


The Club is looking for the owner of a Sabre dinghy number 1454 which has been stored undisturbed for a number of years in the boat rack.

The Club has attempted and has not been able to identify the dinghy owner.

If any member or past member knows the owner please contact The Commodore (commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au) to claim the boat and remove it. This is the last attempt to identify and contact the owner. If there is no response in 60 days and because in the considered opinion of the CoM the boat is worth less than its unpaid registration and storage fees, the boat will be sold and the money returned to the Club.

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

TACKERS 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.



  • Sep 21 / 2017
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news, sailing

Getting ready for the 2017-18 racing season


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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The November 2017 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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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


  • 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

young sailors at the April TACKERS courses

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.


  • May 16 / 2017
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event, news, sailing, social

Presentation night – 27 May


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.