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  • May 12 / 2019
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fishing, maintenance, management, news, sailing

We need you: Winter working bees 2019

working bees

 

Starting Saturday 1st 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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event, sailing, training

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.

  • Dec 20 / 2018
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event, sailing

Discover Sailing Day 13 January 2019

Discover Sailing Day is designed to attract new participants to the sport of Sailing. You will gain an opportunity to go for a sail and have a look around your local Sailing Club.

 

Prerequisites

  • Water confident

Who should discover sailing?

Discover Sailing Day is designed for anyone wanting to visit a sailing club and discover sailing for the first time.

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.

 

For more info and to register visit  https://www.revolutionise.com.au/williamstownsailing/events/26870/

  • Apr 28 / 2018
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maintenance, management, news, sailing

New procedure: safely launch and retrieve the club’s RHIBs

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Read all about how to safely launch and retrieve the club’s Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).

The document has been put together by Bruce Mansfield, and is to ensure the personal safety of those directly engaged with launch/retrieval as well as bystanders during activities involving movement of vehicles, and avoid damage to the RHIBs.

It’s on our Rules and policies page.

 

 

 

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

TACKERS boat naming

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.

 

 

  • 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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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.

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