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  • Sep 29 / 2020
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29 Sept 20 COVID Update for Club Members

Dear Members,

Further to the Victorian Government’s announcement on Sunday regarding Step 2, Australian Sailing has issued details regarding updates to sailing, and summarised the restrictions that still remain in place.

Individual Sailing Exercise: Allowed (conditions apply, as below)

As part of your 2 hours of daily exercise, single handed sailing or sailing with someone from your household bubble (maximum 5 household members) is now permissible in an unpowered vessel.

You must adhere to the following:

  • You can only sail if you live within a 5km radius of the Club.
  • The 2 hours of exercise includes travel to and from the Club, rigging and de-rigging.
  • Sailing is allowed in an OTB dinghy.
  • Sailing is allowed in a trailable yacht that does NOT have a motor. If your trailable yacht has a motor you cannot use it for sailing – this applies even if you do not turn your motor on.
  • Comply with the prescribed restrictions listed below.

Kayak Exercise: Allowed

Paddling Victoria announced on 7th September that kayaking is allowed within a 5km limit of your home – provided it is undertaken within the current two-hour exercise time limit and comply with the prescribed restrictions listed below.

Checking Moored Vessels: Allowed for safety & emergency maintenance

From 12th September, vessel owners have been able to travel outside their 5km radius to check on their vessel for emergency maintenance or safety purposes only, and comply with the prescribed restrictions listed below. When inspecting moorings, take proof of vessel ownership and proof of vessel location with you. Vessel location could be a letter on Club letter head confirming its location. Please note, Victorian Police will be asking for this proof.

Prescribed Restrictions

The Clubhouse, Upper Deck and BBQ area – REMAINS CLOSED

No access to change rooms or Toilets. Only authorised CoM members and contractors are permitted.

Recreational (motorised) boating or fishing – NOT ALLOWED

Any form of individual recreational (motorised) boating or fishing is not allowed at this stage.

Please note as further information comes to hand Australian Sailing will update the Victorian page of the AS COVID hub: https://www.sailingresources.org.au/covid-19/vic/

  • Sep 14 / 2020
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12 Sept 2020 COVID-19 update for Club Members

Dear Members,

Checking moored vessels

Since the announcement last Sunday by the Victorian Government, we have received the following information from Sailing Australia who have had clarification on a vessel owners ability to travel outside their 5km radius to check on their vessel.

This is now allowed providing it is for emergency maintenance or safety purposes only, and:

  • You should maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and others and practise good hygiene – wash your hands and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • You must wear a face covering when you leave home, this includes wearing your face covering while at work, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
  • It is undertaken outside of curfew hours.
  • You take proof of vessel ownership with you.
  • You have proof of the vessels location. This could be a letter on club or marina letter head confirming its location.

Please note if Victorian Police pull you up they will be asking for this proof.

Kayak exercise

In Addition, Paddling Victoria announced that kayaking is allowed within a 5Km limit of your home, provided it is undertaken within the current one-hour exercise time limit and all of the prescribed precautions were complied with.

We are awaiting clarification on any possible return to recreational boating and sailing and will announce this as it becomes available.

  • Under current Stage 4 restrictions, all forms of recreational boating are not allowed.
  • Access to the Club premises must be via the Ramp gate and access to the Club house is not allowed.
  • If you feel unwell or have any symptoms get COVID-19 tested and stay at home.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

  • Sep 01 / 2020
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Annual general meeting 2019-20

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held via online webinar at 2pm Sunday 20 September 2020. We invite all members to attend online with a simple link to be provided before the meeting along with all meeting submissions attached. Currently, there are no items of special business to discuss and vote on. Due to COVID-19 the meeting will not be held at the Club rooms, as is the custom.

Agenda

  1. To confirm minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and of any general meetings since then.
  2. To receive from the Committee reports upon transactions of the Club during the preceding financial year.
  3. To elect Committee members
  4. Any special business of which notice has been given in accordance with the rules.
  5. To confirm the Committee of Management

Look out for an email containing the information for you to participate in the comfort of your home.

  • Aug 18 / 2020
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Membership Survey 2020

Last month we asked all members to complete a short 17 question online membership survey that closed on 9th August and are pleased to say we had a fantastic and enthusiastic response, with over 70 members taking part. The feedback and suggestions were great and will be considered by the Committee of Management and the new Club Development subcommittee for inclusion into a new plan for the redevelopment of the Club facilities in the coming years.

Meanwhile, here are the results.

  • Aug 08 / 2020
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WSC Commodore Message 4 Aug 2020

4 Aug 2020 – Update regarding COVID Stage 4 Restrictions

Dear Members,

With Victoria entering a State of Disaster from 6pm on Sunday 2nd August, I wish to notify you of the advice from Australian Sailing and Better Boating Victoria as it applies to our Club, and advise the following:

The Clubhouse, Upper Deck and BBQ area – CLOSED. Only authorised CoM members and contractors are permitted.

The Premier’s announced changes to Melbourne’s restrictions as well as changes to regional restrictions, will be for at least the next six weeks i.e. until Sunday 13 September.

The Clubhouse 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.

There have been reports of members entering the Clubhouse without permission from the Committee. If any member is found to have entered the Clubhouse during this period, they will be subject to the Club’s disciplinary procedures as outlined in the Club’s Rules, which may include expulsion from the Club.

Face Masks – Compulsory.

Recreational boating, fishing, kayaking or individual sailing – NOT ALLOWED. Any form of individual recreational boating, fishing, kayaking or sailing is not allowed.

Boat ramps and Jetties – CLOSED. Boat ramps and jetties across metropolitan Melbourne are closed to all forms of recreational boating and fishing.

Moorings – If you have a boat on a mooring, we will not stop you checking the safety of your boat and mooring if it is part of your daily exercise and living within 5km of the Club. Please note that access is only via the boat ramp gate.

If you are a Member who has a moored boat and live more than 5km from the Club and you have a concern about your boat (e.g. after a severe storm) the Rear Commodore is willing to check your mooring. Contact Rear Commodore.

If you have concerns with a mooring, or vessel attached to a mooring, and believe they are an imminent safety risk to our local ports, please inform Parks Victoria as soon as possible and Parks Victoria will work to rectify the safety risks.

Contact

Should you have any concerns or questions please contact me at Commodore

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation during this pandemic, and please stay safe and well.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

 

 

 

 

  • 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

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