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  • Jul 18 / 2016
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Club merchandise for sale

WSC stubby holders

We have supplies of club clothing for sale through the canteen every Saturday. The range includes short and long sleeve t-shirts, fleece vests and jackets, rugby tops, beanies and caps. These are all very reasonably prices, and make a great gifts.

We now have WSC stubby holders. These are Australian made and also available for sale at the club on Saturdays.

If you can’t get to the club on a Saturdays please send a request to secretary@williamstownsailingclub.org.au and we will sort out something for you.

Clothing price list


  • Polo shirt available in 8, 10, 12 $21
  • Polar fleece vest available in 10, 12, 14 $25


  • Polo shirt available in 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 $28
  • Polar fleece vest available in 10, 12, 14, 16 $30
  • Polar fleece jacket – full zip available in 10, 12, 14 $40


  • Polo shirt available in S, M, L, XL, XXL $28
  • Polar fleece vest available in M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL $30
  • Polar fleece jacket – full zip available in S, M, L, XL, XXL $40
  • Polar fleece jacket – half zip available in S, M, L, XL, XXL $39
  • Rugby top available in S, M, L, XL, XXL $42
  • White long sleeve T-shirts available in S, M, L, XL $20


  • Peaked caps One size $13
  • Roll up beanies One size $10
  • Stubby holders $6


  • 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.

  • 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 20 / 2015
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Lipton Cup Regatta 2015


Lipton Cup Regatta 2015

The Lipton Cup Regatta is a fun weekend of sailing for racing, cruising and classic yachts, sportsboats, trailable yachts, and off-the-beach boats.

The sailing program caters for all sailing enthusiasts. The Regatta is conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in partnership with the Williamstown Sailing Club and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. Find out more about the regatta on the Lipton Cup Regatta website.

Regatta documents

Regatta guide

Wrap up of the event

Wow what a cracker of a weekend the Lipton Cup Regatta turned out to be! Fantastic weather, ideal race conditions and a friendly but competitive group of sailors out on the water!
Each year the Lipton Cup continues to grow in the number of sailors and boats participating. Last year the Off The Beach (OTB) Divisions totaled 55 entrants, this year we saw 27 boats competed in five divisions in Port Melbourne Yacht Club races, and 42 boats competed in three divisions at Williamstown Sailing Club bringing our total Off The Beach boats to 71.

The International Cadet Class also held their first round of its Tillet team selection as part of the Lipton Cup Regatta. The first two races of the Lipton Cup on the 14 Nov and the Sixth Fleet sprint series on the 15 Nov counted towards the first round of the team selection. The Victorian Tillet team will represent Victoria in the International Cadet National championships to be held at Middle Harbour Yacht club in Sydney from 27 of Dec 2015. The Tillets competition is for the top State at the Nationals, it has been held by Tasmania for many years. The “Tillet’s” competition is named after the Tillet family from South Australia. Identical twins David and Chris Tillet started sailing Cadets when they were eight years old, the pair winning the International Cadet Class World Championship in Tasmania in 1969.

I’m incredibly proud of the small group of members who entered and won trophies and prizes in both the OTB races and Keelboat Divisions this year, most of our sailors who entered finished in the top three positions.

In the Trailable Yachts and Sports Boats events congratulations go to WSC members Sue Burke (Swallow) and Peter Wright (Fiz IV) for coming 1st and 2nd respectively on [PHS] in Division D of the Keelboat Races.

In the Off the Beach events congratulations go to the following club members:

Division 2

  • 1st place (Phantom) Skipper Trevor Burke & Crew Detlef Becker
  • 2nd place ( Rincewind) Skipper Doug Vockler & Crew Basil Sharkey
  • 3rd place (Sea Somfin) Andrew Keil

Division 3

  • 1st place (Fire in the Sky) Skipper Stefan Gevers
  • 3rd place (LOL) Glenn Charlesworth

See the Lipton Cup website for all race results.

Volunteers and the running of the day

To all of the volunteers who assisted on the day, well done a fantastic effort. The on-water race management was once again of a very high standard and great to see many club members involved. Without our volunteers events such as this simply wouldn’t happen, they are truly the backbone of a successful Regatta. As special mention for the crew on board our Blue RIB Willy 3 in their very timely assistance to one of our capsized boats returning from races conducted at Port Melbourne Yacht Club.

  • Race Control Tower: Noel Craven and Graham Knight
  • Course Boat (Willy 1): Race Officer – Stephen Meddings, Crew Rod Assafiri & Kevin Holland.
  • Rescue (Blue RIB Willy 3): Bruce Mansfield, Michael Attard and Howard Hughes (from Royal Geelong Yacht Club)
  • Committee Boat (Jack Cox)
    • Race Officer: Simon van den Berg
    • Time keeper & finish times: Brian Fentiman
    • Line sighter & finish order: Sue Harman (from Royal Geelong Yacht Club)
    • Signals (flag): Richard Vuat (from Metung Sailing Club)
    • Course board & signal (horn): Jarrod Meddings
  • Canteen: Noel Craven and Dawn Beattie

My first experience in being involved in a regatta was in the Mirror National Titles hosted by WSC in 2011 held between Christmas and first week of Jan. Back then I was invited to participate by club member and President of the Mirror Association Rob Cruse who suggested I join in to find out what a Regatta is all about. At the time and from a sailor’s perspective I simply thought a Regatta involved being a member of a class association, a Notice of Race and a set of Sailing Instructions, and a venue, much much later I was to learn just how incorrect this perspective was.

In season 2011-12 (former Commodore) Ian McGrath represented WSC on the Lipton Cup Organising Committee (LCOC) and Michael Horvath Race Officer on the Committee Boat for our first Lipton Cup regatta on 19 Nov 2011. During 2012-13 and shortly after being appointed Vice Commodore I then attended the monthly LCOC meetings. It was then that I began to learn about all that is required in organising, hosting and conducting a regatta.

In closing I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Veronica and John Burgess for their work over the past ten years with the Lipton Cup. As Chairman, John set a standard and great leadership, it has been a wonderful learning opportunity working with him and the rest of the organising committee. I’m already looking forward to the 2016 Lipton Cup.

Simon van den Berg

  • Nov 18 / 2015
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event, sailing

Lipton Cup results

Wow what a cracker of a weekend the Lipton Cup Regatta turned out to be! Fantastic weather, ideal race conditions and a friendly but competitive group of sailors out on the water!

Each year the Lipton Cup continues to grow in the number of sailors and boats participating. Last year the Off The Beach (OTB) Divisions totaled 55 entrants, this year we saw 27 boats competed in five divisions in Port Melbourne Yacht Club races, and 42 boats competed in three divisions at Williamstown Sailing Club bringing our total Off The Beach boats to 71.

Most of our sailors who entered finished in the top three positions. Read about the results.

Bernie Kaaks has now posted all of his photos from the Lipton Regatta on Flickr. If you would like a digital image or print, please contact Bernie at berniekaaks@bigpond.com

  • Oct 09 / 2015
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event, sailing, social

Opening Day of the sailing season – Sat 10 Oct

To all WSC Club members – you are all warmly invited to join in the Opening Day of the sailing season at the club this Saturday. Whether you are an active sailor, fishing member or social member, please come along and celebrate the start of a new season.

The day is also a way to say thank you to all the club members who helped at the working bees this winter – there has been a wide variety of big and small jobs undertaken and the club is looking great as a result of all the effort put in.

Come and see the new Ozi Opti training boats hit the water for the first time in the sail past. Official activities start at 1pm, sail past at 1.30pm, social race about 2pm and then there will be a free afternoon BBQ at about 4pm.

The canteen will be open for lunches in the morning and the bar open for drinks in the afternoon.

  • May 11 / 2015
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Hartley TS16 Victorian State Titles – April 2015

We set off for TS 16 Victorian State Titles at Portarlington with the weekend’s dismal forecast dulling the mood. All week long we had been told we were in for a shocker. As a result, only seven boats turn up that morning, and that number quickly shrunk to six as Joe Dorrington  (“Up in Arms”) went home to battle the flu.

At Portarlington the weather was actually far kinder than anticipated, in the main part and we set off to the start in pleasant, reasonably light conditions.

With one eye on Sunday’s terrible forecast and under the guidance of our excellent race officer Roger, we voted to try and sail three races back to back on the Saturday instead of the two planned. If we could get three races done then at least we had a championship.

The six boats competing were:

  • Hissing Sid (Peter Behrendt and Peter Yeates)
  • Phantom (Trevor Burke and Detlef Becker)
  • Seabiscuit (Brian Langworthy and crew)
  • Tru- Blu (Michael Horvath and Anthony Berger)
  • Whispering (Alan O’Brien and Sue Burke)
  • Wild One (Peter Mullinger and David)

The three races were highly contested. Each had a different winner and all boats finished within a few minutes of each other for every race.

Whispering and Tru-Blu had an altercation at the top mark in race one, a discussion about buoy room ensued and boats slipped past. Wild One kept ahead of all. Whispering was in fourth position approaching the finish but a timely wind shift knocked the first three boats below the line. Whilst they tacked, Whispering slid through into second place and finished 12 seconds behind Wild One. Tru-Blu came in third with Hissing Sid just a forestay behind.

Race two saw some further differences of opinion out on the water and Hissing Sid appeared to have it in the bag. With just a covering tack on top of Whispering to reach the finish line, Hissing Sid blithely sailed PAST the line. Despite his crew saying to him at the time “we’d better make this a really good tack”, he thought he had another lap to go. Whispering won by 5 seconds from Wild One and Tru-Blu was third. Hissing Sid went down to fourth. His reaction when realisation hit reminded me of old times when I crewed for him, “F F F F F”, but in good humour.

In race three the wind was getting up and Mr Horvath in Tru-Blu decided to remind us what he is capable of. I think his crew’s previous remarks of him appearing “somewhat rusty” galvanised him into action. Phantom had also come into her own this race until her jib caught around the winching eye on the bow. The race officer was carefully watching the radar and saw some nasty weather rapidly approaching; he deftly shortened the course in an extremely competent manner. He was the only race boat out on the water with one crew but he managed it impressively. Tru-Blu took line honours by more than one minute from Whispering in second and Hissing Sid third.

Back on land an enjoyable evening was had with great food and company.

Sunday the weather was still blown-out and the decision was made to abandon the day’s sailing. The overall results were:

  • First: Whispering
  • Second: Tru-Blu
  • Third: Wild One

Thanks to Bryan Langworthy for his great efforts in race organisation, Roger on the rescue boat and to Sue O’Brien supporting us in some trying conditions.

  • Mar 13 / 2015
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Pacer State Championships – results

The Pacer & Pacer Pursuit Victoria State Championships 2015 were held at Williamstown Sailing Club from Saturday 7 to Monday 9 March 2105.

The championships were organised by Pacer Victoria in conjunction with Williamstown Sailing Club.


The results are available on the Pacer Sailing website.

Notice of race and entry form

Notice of Race with entry form – available here.

More information

For further information, please contact Pacer Victoria Email: pacervictoria@pacersailing.org.au, or see the Pacer Sailing website www.pacersailing.org.au

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  • Feb 16 / 2015
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The club from above

Look at the club in these fantastic aerial photos supplied by long term club member George Giuliani.

photo of WSC from the air

Photo of WSC from the air

photo of WSC from the air

Photo of WSC from the air showing the Westgate Bridge in the background

  • Jan 18 / 2015
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Vale Dave McKeogh

WSC Commodore 2000-2004

Sadly, former Commodore Dave McKeogh passed away on 27 November 2014 after fighting a long term illness over many years. It is understood that Dave joined the club sometime in the 1980s following the disbanding of the Werribee Yacht Club, where he had been Acting Commodore.

In his early professional years Dave served as a Navigation Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. For many years he excelled in lecturing in this complex subject, and ended up building a training business around his navigations skills and knowledge. After some short time as a Committee member at WSC, Dave conducted a series of navigation courses weekly on a regular basis and later organised radio operator courses. This was a forerunner for all radio operators to be qualified in this field. Dave was then co-opted by Yachting Victoria to organise courses for Power Boat Drivers and Rescue Boat endorsements. Many WSC members took advantage of his expertise in this area. It was always a sight to behold when he demonstrated the firing of emergency flares during these training sessions.

Dave competed in many ocean racing events, mainly as a navigator. This included the Sydney-Hobart and the Melbourne to Hobart races where he gained success in these blue water events sailing on ‘Fiji Express’. He sailed for many seasons at WSC in his Castle 550 yacht ‘White Knight’. Despite all his years of competitive sailing, he was a very gentle competitor and seemed to enjoy sailing just by being out on the water. Dave was a dedicated member and a thorough gentleman and he will be sadly missed.

Bill Pride

  • 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)


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