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  • Jul 25 / 2020
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24 July Update from the Commodore

24 July Update from the Commodore: Club impact under COVID-19

Dear Members,

I hope that you are all safe and well during this pandemic, and looking forward to warmer weather and a time when we can get back to socialising with our fellow members and have full access to our water activities.

Following up on my previous message on the restrictions;

The Clubhouse continues to remain closed to all members and visitors until further notice.

  • Members can check their moored boats (access via boat ramp gate).
  • Individuals can continue recreational boating, fishing, kayaking and single handed sailing – whilst applying the Government restrictions (as per previous message).
  • No Club Working Bees, until further notice.
  • When on Club premises please wear a face mask.

Under the current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions the Club must remain closed until further notice – this means no access to the Clubhouse via the front door, slipway side door or past the boat storage sliding door. The exception is that the Government has allowed Club toilets to be used under the restrictions, but only if needed.

Please abide by these restrictions, so that we can keep all members safe and Victoria can transition again back to easied restrictions.

Otherwise, all other conditions are as per my previous message.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation during this period and stay safe and well.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

CoM Contacts:

 

  • Jul 12 / 2020
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Important Update from the Commodore: Club impact under COVID-19

11 July 2020

Dear Members,

The following is an update on the latest COVID-19 Stay at Home Restrictions and how it affects our Club and the activities we may wish to enjoy.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020 the Victorian Government re-imposed Stay at Home Restrictions to the whole of the Metropolitan Melbourne area and Mitchell Shire.

It is important to note that Victoria is still in a State of Emergency and the Victorian Government is stating that there are only four reasons that we can leave home:

  • Shopping for food or other essential items
  • To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  • Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Otherwise, we must stay home.

The Clubhouse continues to remain closed to all members and visitors until further notice.

  • Members can check their moored boats (access via boat ramp gate).
  • No Club Working Bees, until further notice.

The following personal recreational boating and sailing is permitted but with only one other person, based on the conditions listed underneath:

  • Fishing and boating.
  • Single handed sailing.
  • Single handed kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
  • Two handed boating and sailing, but only with members of your household.

Conditions:

Limited personal recreational boating and sailing is permissible provided you:

  1. Keep at least 1.5m distance from other people.
  2. Personal exercise outdoors with a limit of two participants, unless from the same household.
  3. Outdoor Club area has a maximum cap of 10 persons.
  4. Do not share any sporting equipment.
  5. Let someone know that you are out on the water and when you get back ashore.

Additional relevant information:

  • If you feel unwell, get tested and stay at home.
  • Arrive dressed for the activity and change at home (‘get in get out’).
  • Access to the Boat Ramp, rigging deck and boat storage must be via the Boat Ramp gates, not through the Clubhouse building.
  • The changing rooms, showers or any other facilities within the Clubhouse cannot be used.
  • Clubhouse toilets can be used, if needed.
  • Participants are encouraged to have a flu shot and download the COVIDsafe app.
  • 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

CoM Contacts:

 

  • Jul 09 / 2020
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New Committee of Management

Committee of Management for the 2020-21 season

Following the close of nominations on 20th June, The Secretary is pleased to report that a new Committee of Management has been nominated unopposed for the 2020-21 season. They will take up their positions after the 2019-20 AGM, which will be held at date to be set following clarity on the current COVID restrictions.

Flag officers:
Commodore – Brian Fentiman
Vice Commodore – Michael Lawrence
Rear Commodore – vacant
Secretary – Jim Rees
Captain – Jason Whyte
Treasurer – Olivier Davies

Ordinary CoM Members:
Tony Marsh
Andrew Graham
Grace Becker-Scott
Peter Endler
David Taylor

We are interested in anyone who may be interested in taking on the role of Rear Commodore, though we wish to acknowledge and Thank Michael Virant has done a fantastic job as acting Rear Commodore and it is hoped that he may consider this role at the AGM.

If you are interested please Contact Jim Rees at:
secretary@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

The Commodore wishes to thank the current Committee in agreeing to continue its good work through to the AGM and for those staying on to continue the work into next year. Many Thanks to Peter Yeates who made a valuable contribution this year and hope that he may consider re-joining the CoM in the coming years.

 

  • May 28 / 2020
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Membership Fees For 2020-21 Financial Year

Membership fees

On Wednesday 13th May a meeting was held in accordance with the Club’s Rules.

The Committee of Management recommended to not increase membership fees for the upcoming Financial year and this was approved. This recommendation was made in recognition of and to minimise any adverse financial impact of Corona virus on our members.

The CoM will adjust its operational spending to accommodate this decision, whilst not limiting the normal functioning of the Club and to ensure members are able to enjoy the facilities throughout year.

Click here to see the schedule of fees for the 2020-2021 financial year.

  • May 28 / 2020
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Call for nominations

Committee of Management 2020-21

Join the Committee of Management (CoM) to help shape the Club’s future.
The Committee of Management (CoM) is critical for the ongoing future of the Club. It is responsible for managing the Club’s day-to-day operations including its finances, resources, facilities, sailing and fishing activities, events, marketing, membership engagement and for ensuring it complies with its governance requirements as a registered association. I shall renominate as Commodore, unless someone wishes to nominate, but we certainly need a Treasurer, so we need assistance in this critical area.
Nominations are now open for the CoM for the 2020-21 sailing season, and nominations are sought for the following positions on the Committee:
  • Commodore
  • Vice Commodore
  • Rear Commodore
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Captain
  • Five Ordinary Members
Term of office
Each member of the CoM will hold office from the conclusion of the 2020 AGM until the conclusion of the 2021 AGM.
How to nominate
Complete the nomination form that can be found here or at the WSC office and return to the Secretary of the Club by noon on Saturday 20th June 2019.
How is the CoM elected?
At the Club’s Annual General Meeting which would normally be on Sunday 26th July 2020, or a date to be advised after COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. If only one nomination is received for a Flag Officer position that person will be deemed elected at the AGM. If only five nominations are received for Ordinary Members then they will be deemed elected at the AGM. If more than one nomination is received for a Flag Officer position or more than five nominations are received for Ordinary Members then a ballot will be held at the AGM.
How often does the CoM meet?
The CoM meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Club rooms at 7.30pm.
What are the duties of the CoM and Flag Officers?
Refer to the Club’s Rules.
Questions
If you are interested in nominating or require further information please contact Brian Fentiman at: commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au
  • May 13 / 2020
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Exercise and Outdoor Recreation under COVID-19 Restrictions

Important Update from the Commodore – 12 May 2020

Dear Members

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:

  • Maintain at least 1.5m apart from other people.
  • Have no more than 10 persons gathered together at one time.
  • 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 boat ramp 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
CoM Contacts:
Commodore
Rear Commodore, Michael Virant

  • 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

CoM Contacts

  • 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 31 / 2020
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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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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

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