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  • Jan 12 / 2018
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Help wanted – Sunday 14 January – Discover Sailing Day


This Sunday 14 January (10 am – 3 pm) is our Discover Sailing DayThose of you who have kindly volunteered please arrive early for a 9:30am skippers and safety briefing.

We currently have 22 members volunteering their time and we could always do with a few more to help out and make life easier for all.  If you can assist in any of the following roles (Volunteer roster & roles – PDF) such as BBQ, bar, crewing on rescue boats, boat retrieval, we’d love to hear from you.  

Please contact Simon van den Berg E: vice.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

  • Jan 12 / 2018
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news, sailing

No sailing Sat 13 January


This message is to advise that due to the strong wind warning issued this afternoon by the Bureau of Meteorology for Port Phillip local waters no racing will be conducted on Saturday 13 January 2018.

Race 4 of the Class Championship Series will be resailed. 

  • Jan 09 / 2018
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event, news, sailing

Discover Sailing Day – Sunday 14 Jan

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We will be holding a Discover Sailing Day on Sunday 14 January 2018.

The day provides an opportunity to go for a short sail with an experienced sailor, meet club members, have a look around the club and find out more about  the sailing courses we offer.

Come down to the club from 10am – 3pm to have a sail.

On the day there is no formal booking system in place, its simply a first-in-line approach so you may have to wait a short period whilst others finish with their sailing experience.

You can sail as a guest crew member on either a small keelboat (also known as trailable yacht), or a small dinghy sailboat. Both types of boats are no more than 18 feet or 5.5m in length, yes they’re small but lots of fun.

If you’re keen to have a sailing in one of the dinghy’s it advisable to bring some shorts, bathers or swimming gear such as wetsuit plus a change of clothes because you may get wet in the dinghy. Don’t be too concerned if you don’t have any appropriate swimming gear, the most important thing to remember is a change of cloths.

Find out more about the Discover Sailing Day program and register online for the day at our club.

Register online

Register online for the day at our club which saves you time on the day.





  • Jan 06 / 2018
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event, fishing, news, social

Fishing competition: Sun 18 March


Fishing competition: whiting

Come along and join in the whiting competition on Sunday 18 March. This competition is open to family and friends.


  • Entry fee: adult $15, kids under 12 free
  • Date: Sunday 18 March, starting at 5am
  • Weigh in: between 12pm – 1pm at WSC (no fish to be weighed in after 1pm)
  • Lunch and awards: 1.30pm onwards at WSC


Prizes will be awarded for:

  • heaviest whiting bag
  • heaviest whiting
  • heaviest mixed bag (commercial species only no whiting)
  • and kids prizes


If attending leave name at bottom of notice board in club rooms or email by Sunday 10 March E: fishos@williamstownsailingclub.org.au




  • Dec 29 / 2017
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news, sailing, training

TACKERS courses in January

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The Club has a full range of TACKERS courses in the summer school holidays.

TACKERS is a fun games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. It’s a great introductory program for kids to allow them to try sailing in a friendly, protective and fun environment. TACKERS is all about having a great time with other kids, playing loads of games and going on adventures while learning how to sail together. The kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and the kids have a chance to sail with others in their group.

Kids don’t have to have any sailing experience or be a club member to participate. All the equipment, including boats and life jackets are provided.

  1. TACKERS 1 8-12 January, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30pm) - booked out
  2. TACKERS 2 8-12 January, 4 hour session daily (1pm – 5pm) - 2 vacancies
  3. TACKERS 1 15-19 January, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30pm) - 5 vacancies
  4. TACKERS 3 15-18 January, note 5 hour session for 4 days (12.30pm – 5.30pm) - booked out

The enrolment form is available on the website.



  • Oct 18 / 2017
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management, news

New Member & child protection policy

At Williamstown Sailing Club, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive, supportive, friendly and welcoming place for everyone.

I’d like to use the opportunity of having you all together today to enshrine these values into the new Member & Child Protection Policy which was adopted by the CoM during the off-season.

While this is essential document to ensure WSC complies with State and Federal laws, the policy is more than that – it provides an opportunity for us to articulate clearly the standards of conduct we all should expect from our members and people who use our Club.

It captures the values of respect, fairness and care for their well-being of others that everyone, including prospective members, should know makes WSC a great place to belong.

I would encourage you to take a look at the new Member & child protection policy.

The policy includes procedures to:

  • keeping children safe
  • report any incidents
  • manage Working With Children Checks. For many volunteers, particularly those involved in TACKERS, Learn to Sail, Junior Sailing, rescue, first aid and some committees, a Member & Child Protection Declaration will be required. These will be distributed through the chair of the various committees or coordinator of the activities.

Our Child Protection Officers are Lois Hunt and Tracy Graham.

The CoM is committed to a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone at the Club, including children.

Brian Fentiman

  • Oct 16 / 2017
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TACKERS boat naming


Opening Day on 7 October provided the opportunity to christen our Ozi Opti fleet and new Junior Sailing rescue boat.

As many of you will know, Dave McKeogh was a long standing member and past Commodore of WSC. He generously left his boat White Knight to the Club with the intention that it, or proceeds from its sale, would be used by the Club for training purposes. This generous donation, along with funding from the Port of Melbourne Authority, was used to purchase our six Ozi Opti training boats and begin what has become a very successful move by the Club into TACKERS Training, TACKERS Fleet sailing and now Junior Sailing. In recognition of Dave’s generous gift to the Club, we have decided to name two of these boats in his honour, plus our new rescue boat.

The driving force behind the establishment of TACKERS and Junior Sailing was our very active and passionate past-Commodore, Lois Hunt.

We also ran a competition inviting our TACKERS juniors to name the boats that met the criteria of being, firstly, the name of a boat you’d look forward to sailing in, plus something that had a link to the Club, the local area, its history or sailing in general. We received a large number of well-researched and creative entries and the Junior Sailing Working Group narrowed these down to the 3 winning entries.

The final names are:

  • Knight: Dave donated his boat, White Knight, to the Club. This boat continues to sail with WSC on the transom, with Simon van den Berg at the helm.
  • Bulldog: Dave was a passionate Western Bulldogs supporter and it is fitting then that we name one of our Opti’s after his beloved team. Go Doggies!
  • Hunter: Naming an Opti after Lois would not adequately recognise her contribution to the Club and junior sailing. But we can never forget Lois Hunt’s contribution to the establishment of TACKERS sailing at the Club. Hence the name.
  • Firefly: The name of the first ferry that sailed between Williamstown and Melbourne.
  • Seagull: Because there are a lot of seagulls around the Club and it’s the name of the local VFL team.
  • Stingray: Because of the stingrays that live under the Club deck that the Tackers love to look for while having a break from sailing.
  • The new rescue boat will be named the DA McKeogh, allowing Dave to continue to watch over the fleet of budding young trainee sailors.

We were very pleased on Opening Day to be joined by Liz McKeag, Dave McKeogh’s partner. Fittingly, Liz, Lois Hunt and Louise Graham, one of our Opti naming competition winners, released the water balloons that burst on the bows of the Optis, christening our fleet.



  • Sep 21 / 2017
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news, sailing

Getting ready for the 2017-18 racing season


The racing season is approaching fast.

Firstly read the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions as they each contain important information about the how to enter this seasons racing events (race registration), changes to the sign on/off process, revised course diagrams and additional information about racing area.

If you have not already done so, you need to do all of the following things now:

  1. Download the safety checklist from the WSC webpage
  2. Do the checks and repairs on your boat so that it is compliant.
  3. Download the safety declaration from the WSC webpage and sign it.
  4. Go to the WSC TopYacht Entry page:
    + create your WSC TopYacht profile
    + enter the 2017-18 racing season
    + upload a PDF version of your signed safety declaration.

There is a document online that explains how to do these things. If you need help, ask Michael Lambiris at the club. He is there most Saturdays.

You can find all the links you need on the WSC website under the ‘Sailing information’ tab.

Remember, you won’t be able to enter any races until you are financial, have completed and uploaded your safety declaration, and entered for the season.

  • Sep 04 / 2017
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news, sailing, training

Learn to sail program – November

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The November 2017 Learn to Sail is booked out. 

Please put your name down on the waiting list for the November 2018 course by emailing training@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

About the course

We conduct one course during the sailing season, designed for those who wish to sail in small yachts.

The aim 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.

This year the dates are:

  • Theory sessions: 3 x Thursdays – 9, 16, 23 November 2017 (7:30pm – 9:45pm)
  • On-the-water training: 5 x Saturdays – 11, 25 November, 2, 9, 16 December 2017 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Find out more on our Learn to sail page.



  • Aug 30 / 2017
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TopYacht – planned improvements to race management

Michael Lambiris, Simon van den Berg and Brian Fentiman have been planning improvements to the way we manage our club racing. In the 2017-18 season, we will be extending our use of the well-known TopYacht software to the following:

  • Members recording the information and declarations necessary for participating in the new racing season.
  • Members signing-on and signing-off for each week’s races.
  • The OOD capturing the finishing time of boats as they cross the line.
  • The processing of the results for the various club handicap and championship races.
  • The publication of the results.

Until now, TopYacht has only been used at WSC for processing results. The other tasks have been done in other ways, such as completing paper forms. By extending the use of TopYacht software to all the tasks mentioned, we will be able to do everything much more efficiently and quickly, with minimum use of paper and fewer repetitive tasks.

Change (however good) is not always welcome, but we will provide detailed information on how everything will work in good time and give individual help those who want it. We’ll keep you posted.

One reminder: you won’t be able to participate in racing unless you have paid your annual fees to the club, so you should do that as soon as possible.

Find out more about how you can use TopYacht Entry System (TES) to enter the coming season:

We will be running a training session at the club on Friday 1 September (7pm – 7:30pm).

Enter as a competitor for the 2017-18 season here.

Michael Lambiris
WSC TopYacht Administrator