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  • Dec 12 / 2016
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sailing, training

TACKERS January programs

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The club will be offering TACKERS Levels 1, 2 & 3 training programs during the January school holidays.

Dates 2016-17

  1. TACKERS 1: 9-13 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30 pm) BOOKED OUT
  2. TACKERS 1: 16-20 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (8.30 am – 12.30pm)
  3. TACKERS 2: 16-20 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (1pm – 5pm)
  4. TACKERS 3: 9–13 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (1pm to 5pm)

So if you have kids, grand kids or friends you think might like to get involved in the games and fun based introductory sailing for kids programs, more information and the booking forms are available here

 

 

  • Nov 16 / 2016
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event, news, sailing

Lipton Cup – 19 & 20 Nov 2016

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The Lipton Cup Regatta is a fun weekend of sailing for racing, cruising and classic yachts, sportsboats and trailable yachts, and off-the-beach boats. The sailing program caters for all sailing enthusiasts. Find out more about the regatta on the Lipton Cup Regatta website.

Schedule – Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November

Off-the-beach racing will be conducted by Williamstown Sailing Club and Port Melbourne Yacht Club on Saturday 19 November. The first warning will be at 12:00 with 3 laid course races.

The course areas

Off-the-beach races will be held in Hobsons Bay.

Keelboat windward-leeward races will be conducted on three separate course areas:

  • The course area for Divisions A and B will be in the open waters of Port Phillip, west of the main shipping channel.
  • The course area for Division C and Sportsboats will be in the open waters of Port Phillip, east of the main shipping channel.
  • The course area for Division D and Trailable Yachts will be in Hobsons Bay.

2016 regatta documents

 

  • Oct 02 / 2016
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event, news, sailing, social

Sailing opening day – Sat 8 Oct

sail past on opening day 2015

The sailing season opens on Saturday 8 October.

Join us for the formal opening, sail past and social race.

All members and families are welcome to join us for a free BBQ on the upper deck after the race. The official activities will start at 1pm.

 

 

 

  • Sep 15 / 2016
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event, management, sailing

BBQ roster for the 2016-17 season

For the after race BBQ on Saturdays we need for two sailing members to cook the BBQ. Helpers in the canteen will do the food preparation, you just have to manage the set up, cooking, serving and cleaning up. This will be from about 4.30 pm to about 6 pm. Make sure you check the roster and if you aren’t available, you need to swap with someone else.

A copy of the BBQ roster is on the Duty roster web page.

 

 

  • 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 02 / 2016
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event, maintenance, management, sailing

TACKERS families working bee

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Calling all TACKERS kids and their families.

You are all invited to come to the club for a special TACKERS working bee on Saturday 6 August.

We will be working indoors, so it will be running no matter what the weather. There will be a variety of jobs for kids and parents to help with; Opti boats will need cleaning, life jackets to be cleaned and washed and other sundry tasks. We will also need helpers to cook the BBQ lunch. So come on down anytime from 10am, lunch will be 12.30.

For safety reasons, we have to place a minimum age of 7 of any children in attendance and all children will need to be supervised by a parent, or other adult.

Lois, with the assistance of TACKERS instructors, will be running a short meeting with parents around lunchtime to discuss what the families are looking for in our TACKERS program moving forwards and how to plan for that- both formal courses and TACKERS Fleet activities.

Wear your old warm clothes in case there are messy jobs to do!

 

 

  • Jul 18 / 2016
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fishing, sailing, social

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

Children’s

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

Women’s

  • 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

Men’s

  • 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

Other

  • 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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sailing

Lipton Cup Regatta 2015

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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

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