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  • 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


CoM Contacts:

  • Mar 31 / 2020
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management, news

Member self-service for updating your personal details

Have you moved house?

Got a new phone number or email address?

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind members that our membership system for renewals and for keeping your personal information up to date is now self service.

It’s really important that you keep your personal information up to date so that you can receive important communications from us including your link to renew your membership.

Additionally and importantly, we’d really like you to update your date of birth – so if you see a Date of Birth of 1st January, 1900 on your personal information page, please update it to show your actual date of birth (this will help you no end when it’s time to renew!).

You’ll need:

This link (click here)

Your Login ID and password

Don’t know your Login ID? 

No worries! Please email members@williamstownsailingclub.org.au and they’ll send you your ID with a password reset to get you going.

  • Mar 17 / 2020
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fishing, management, news, sailing

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 


Williamstown Sailing Club

  • Mar 15 / 2020
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event, fishing

Small Boat Festival cancelled

Small Boat Festival cancelled

The Werribee River Association and the Small Boat Festival Planning Committee have informed the WSC that they have cancelled the Small Boat Festival due to the coronavirus.  They hope to reschedule at later date.

Any queries should be directed to Lisa Field on 0433 559 530;  John Forrester on 0401 854 560; or John Marks on 0407 546 235.



  • Mar 12 / 2020
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management, news

Air quality policy published

The Committee of Management has published a new Air Quality Policy to provide guidance to members, Instructors and OOD’s to ensure the safe activities during club sailing, fishing, Tackers program, Learn-to-Sail courses, special events, functions and other club-related activities where the air quality may be compromised. It represents our club’s commitment to its members, volunteers and visitors, acknowledging the role that sporting clubs and associations play in ensuring healthy communities.

This policy will help to ensure our club:

  • Meets its duty of care in relation to the health and safety of our members, volunteers and visitors who attend any club events, special functions and other activities.
  • Upholds the reputation of our club.
  • Understands the risks associated with poor air quality, and our role in minimising risk.
  • Help educate our members about air quality.

Bush fire smoke and dust storms are the two main environmental conditions for which you may need to consider the air quality to determine if a Club activity, such as sailing, fishing, Learn-to-Sail or Tackers programs should be revised or cancelled. The intensity of the health affect is multiplied if the participant is exerting themselves undertaking effort and energy when exercising.

Smoke from bushfires is made up of small particles, gases and water vapour. The particles are very small – up to 1/30th the diameter of an average human hair – and are not visible to the human eye.

These particles can cause a variety of health problems, such as itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation, runny nose and illnesses such as bronchitis. The smoke particles can also aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Dust storms are natural events and are common in parts of the world with dryland areas. Periods of severe and widespread drought can dramatically increase the likelihood of major dust storms, particularly during the summer months. This Policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it reflects current Health knowledge.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting daily and hourly air quality. It is an indication of how clean or polluted the air is in areas across VIC., by using EPA monitoring stations in the area.

Monitoring of Air quality levels can be found at:

Download an air rating App from Apple or Google stores:

  • Emergency Management VIC (EMV) App
  • IQAir Airvisual.

Download the policy

  • Jan 21 / 2020
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event, news, sailing, training

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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event, news, sailing, social

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.


  • Water confident

Activity Duration

0.5-1.5 hrs depending on numbers queueing and activities undertaken.


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/

  • Dec 21 / 2019
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New Year’s Eve at the Club


The Club will be open to members and their guests on New Year’s Eve.

The same guidelines apply this year as previous years in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all members that would like to enjoy the last night of the year at the Club whilst also ensuring compliance with our liquor licensing requirements. Please note the following:

  • The total number of members and guests will be limited to 150
  • Free entry for members
  • Limited access or refusal may apply for non-members, i.e. due to capacity requirements
  • A visitor fee of $10 per adult non-member shall apply – please pay at the bar
  • Members and guests must arrive together
  • Guests are to sign the visitor book
  • Members are to stay with their guest/s at all times
  • BYO alcohol is not permitted – please support your club by purchasing from the bar
  • Please ensure that the front door is not left open

Many Thanks and Happy Christmas

Brian Fentiman


  • Nov 25 / 2019
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Christmas Party

Club Xmas Party Saturday 14th December

Come one and all to the annual Xmas party at Williamstown Sailing Club on Saturday 14 December, 7pm start.

Tickets Prices: Adults $30, Family $70 and individual child $10.

Dinner will be a Gourmet BBQ, salads, baked potatoes and desert.  Feel free to bring your own pre-dinner nibbles if you wish. NO BYO though drinks are available from the bar.

Tickets will be presold for the event – no last minute tickets on the day, so get in early, grab some friends, book a table or just an individual ticket and we will make sure you join with others to enjoy the night.

Don’t miss out – book and pay at the canteen on Saturdays. If you don’t come to the Club on Saturdays you can book by email to social@williamstownsailingclub.org.au and pay by direct debit into the Club bank account: BSB: 633-000, Account No: 149266439.  Please provide your family name and number of tickets with payment details in your email.

We are making this year’s event a bit of a fundraiser; A Xmas raffle for sure! We are also asking you to help in some way for the event– it might be set up the upstairs area on the Friday night (I know it’s Friday 13th but it will be appreciated), help put up the Xmas decorations, assist in the kitchen for a short period on Saturday, maybe help with food service on the night, or just help with collecting and stacking dishwashers etc. Getting members to lend a hand is a great way to mingle and get to know other members whilst keeping our costs down. It’s about us all doing a little.

Please contact Lois any time via to social@williamstownsailingclub.org.au or on her mobile if you want to help in any way with the event.

Come and enjoy the best location in Melbourne to enjoy a Xmas party with fellow members and our great city view.

  • Nov 25 / 2019
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Lipton Cup Success

Lipton Cup – WSC Hosting Success

The Lipton Cup was held on the weekend of Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November 2019. It was fantastic that our Club could once again participate in jointly hosting the OTB division this year.

It was also fantastic that our sailors, not only participated, but won in their divisions. I wish to thank Graham Taylor for stepping up and running our efforts, along with Michael Lambiris as scorer and the fantastic support of the race rescue team. To our Club’s credit, we managed the racing for 66 boats over 6 races on the weekend. This will grow interest in sailing at our Club and develop all our race management skills, and mixed fleet sailing skills with other Clubs.


Series Results OTB Division 2 (Williamstown Sailing Club)

1st – Sabre #1987 – Seasomfin – Andrew Keil WSC

2nd – Sabre #131 – Cool Change – Tim Hart WSC

3rd – Hartley TS16 #441 – Phantom – Trevor Burke/Detlef Becker WSC

4th – Sabre #1908 – Akaula – Pamela Webster WSC

5th – Sabre #970 – Delusions of Grandeur – Olivier Davies WSC


Series Results OTB Division 3 (Port Melbourne Yacht Club)

1st – Impulse #689 – Sandfly – Leon Raymond WSC


Series Results Trailable Division H (Royal Yacht Club of Victoria)

1st – Explorer #115 – Swallow – Sue Burke WSC

  • Nov 09 / 2019
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The Lipton Cup is being sailed as a teams event on Port Phillip Bay, at various locations, on the weekend of Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November 2019.  We urge all sailors to enter this Regatta to show our support for sailing at this end of the bay.

Please enter the regatta via the Lipton Cup Website (www.liptoncup.com.au).  Entry is free for WSC members, WSC being one of the host clubs.  All information about the courses and the Sailing Instructions are available via the Lipton Cup website.

  • On Saturday 16, the races will start at 1300 hrs.
  • On Sunday 17, racing commences at 1100 hrs.

Williamstown Sailing Club will be hosting off the beach sailing for yachts with yardsticks of:

  • Division A:  Greater than 130
  • Division B:  119.0 up to 129.9.

O.T.B. Yachts with lower yardsticks will race at Port Melbourne yacht Club.  Trailerable yachts will compete further down the bay.

Royal Yacht Club of Victoria is providing a barbeque and entertainment after the racing on Saturday.