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  • May 12 / 2020
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Coronavirus update from the Commodore: 12 May 2020

Exercise and Outdoor Recreation under COVID-19 Restrictions

Dear Member,

  • The Clubhouse remains closed to all members and visitors until further notice.
  • The following exercise and recreational boating is permitted based on the conditions listed underneath:
    • Recreational fishing and boating
    • Non-competitive OTB sailing of single handed boats.
    • Non-competitive two handed and trailable sailing with family members is permitted.
    • Single handed kayaking and stand up paddle boarding has been allowed since 21 April 2020.

On 11 May 2020, the Victorian Government made an announcement regarding the COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria being eased from midnight on Tuesday 12 May 2020. This announcement affects our Club. The Club has also received a letter from Australian Sailing providing guidance on what this means for all Sailing Clubs.

Conditions

Under the new directions listed above, limited outdoor recreational boating is now permissible provided you:

  1. Maintain at least 1.5m apart from other people.
  2. Have no more than 10 persons gathered together at one time.
  3. Do not share any sporting equipment.

Additional relevant information

  • If you feel unwell, stay at home.
  • Access to the slipway, rigging deck and boat storage must be via the slipway gates, not through the Clubhouse building.
  • The changing rooms, showers, toilets or any other facilities within the Clubhouse cannot be used.
  • Arrive dressed for the activity and change at home (‘get in get out’).
  • Participants are encouraged to have a flu shot.
  • Access will be at your own risk and must adhere to all Victorian Government restrictions relating to the coronavirus.
  • Security and facility checks will continue at the Clubhouse by a member of the CoM, and any essential building maintenance will be undertaken.

If you require urgent access to the Clubhouse, 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 continued understanding and cooperation during this period and stay safe and well.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

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  • Apr 26 / 2020
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FREE virtual Race Officer seminars

Australian Sailing FREE Race Officer online seminars

The Club RO seminar is aimed at educating Australian Sailing members in the basics to conduct consistent, fair and safe club racing. It is suitable for:

  • People who have a keen interest in sailing and want to participate in another facet of the sport
  • Those who may be interested in becoming involved in race management or would like to further their skill set whilst formalising their accreditation
  • Parents who have limited experience within sailing but want to contribute to the sport
  • Volunteers at yacht clubs
  • Sailors who no longer actively participate in the sport.
  • Sailors looking to kill some spare time during the current climate

Content covered includes race management equipment, safety operations, weather considerations, course setting (windward-leeward, trapezoid, triangle, gates, off-set marks etc.), course considerations, starting (flags, setting start line, standard starting system, signals, penalties), race control (abandon, mark change, shortening course), finishes (setting finish line, recording finish), post-race tasks (results, protest time), GPS use.

The course will be run on the following dates.

 

 

  • 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

 

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  • Mar 17 / 2020
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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

  • 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.

  • 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)

 

 

 

 

  • May 12 / 2019
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Williamstown Sailing Club 2018-19 Awards Presentation

Please come along to the Williamstown Sailing Club 2018/2019 Awards Presentation

The event will commence after racing on Saturday 25th May with kick off from about 4.00pm – awards at 5.00pm

All presentations including Club Champion, Class Champions’ and Junior Sailing Awards

Normal BBQ pricing and the bar is open.

For more info please visit the event page https://www.revolutionise.com.au/williamstownsailing/events/41174/

 

 

  • May 12 / 2019
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We need you: Winter working bees 2019

working bees

Starting Saturday 1 June at 9.30am.

We are hoping that all club members will participate in this year’s working bees. There are all sorts of jobs to be done, some big and many quite small, but nevertheless important.

We have prepared a list of all the tasks that need to be done, with a description of the steps involved. This should make it easy for you to see which task you might be able to take charge of, or help with. There are plenty of things to do for members who don’t have special skills, so have a look at the list and see what things you would best like to be involved in.

The list of tasks will shortly be on the Working Bee Planning Winter 2019. There will also be a printed copy of the lists on the notice board in the briefing area of the club house.

It will help greatly with planning if you would please email the Rear Commodore to let him know which task you would like to take charge of or help with. In particular we need a helping hand with supervising the Deck replacement project during June, so please contact Jason. He will then add your name to the spreadsheet, and we will be able to see who is doing what, arrange the supplies you need in good time, etc. The email address is: rear.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

We hope that, with things organised in this way, you will be able to help the club maintain its premises for the next year, while at the same time not being unduly burdened every Saturday.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Ian Whelan, Rear Commodore

Jason Whyte, Captain

 

  • Dec 20 / 2018
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2019 TACKERS program is now open for enrolment

Bookings are now open for TACKERS 1 and TACKERS 2 programs in January 2019.  Two courses of each will be run, on 7-11 January and 14-18 January.  TACKERS 1 will be run from 830-1230 and TACKERS 2 from 1300-1700. Download the WSC – TACKERS info sheet – January 2019 for further details.

Programs will require a minimum number of participants to run.  Enrolment Forms can be sent to tackers@williamstownsailingclub.org.au.

Costs

  • WSC members $250 per course ($20 discount for additional sibling)
  • Non-members $300 per course ($20 discount for additional sibling)

See the TACKERS sailing program page for further information.

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