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  • Apr 25 / 2016
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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.


  • Mar 22 / 2016
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management, news

Vale – former secretary Daryl Janes (1926 – 2016)

1970s at the sailing club

Daryl Janes passed away at Footscray Hospital on Monday 29 February 2016. He had been a member of the Williamstown Sailing Club since 1944 – 72 years of membership. He had not been well over the last five years, with several health concerns. Daryl had remained actively involved on the Committee till about four years ago.

Daryl joined the Williamstown Punt Club in 1944. He was not that interested in the sailing, it was mainly to pursue the affections of Decima Andrews, a young lady who was a crew member, sailing with local identity, Cliffe Elliott. His pursuit obviously worked as he and Decima later married and moved into a new home in Ford Street Newport where he lived up until his death. Sadly, Decima passed away in 2015, and had been hospitalised for 7 years. Despite his own poor health, Darryl visited her every day in the nursing home to help care for her.

Daryl’s working career started in the Costings and Accounting Department at the Government Aircraft Factory at Fishermans Bend. There he was introduced to the world of finance and accounting. He maintained working in the accounting sector for most of his life, including part time activities well into his eighties.

Daryl was elected to the Committee of Management at the Club in 1968, and was elevated to the position of Vice Commodore in 1976. Following the death of Treasure and Life Member James Pearl, Darryl accepted the position of Treasurer and served in this capacity for 34 years. He was awarded Life Membership in 1994. Daryl was known for keeping a very tight watch on the club finances, and would hunt around to get the best price on any purchases. The secure financial position the club is in today, owes much to the historical management of club funds by Daryl.

In 2012 the Committee of Management moved into computerised accounting and Daryl decided it was time to step down as the Club Treasurer and let others take over.

Well may we say ”Well done good and faithful servant”. We say goodbye and applaud this exceptional person who gave so much to the Club over so many years.

Bill Pride

  • 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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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

  • Oct 09 / 2015
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event, sailing, social

Opening Day of the sailing season – Sat 10 Oct

To all WSC Club members – you are all warmly invited to join in the Opening Day of the sailing season at the club this Saturday. Whether you are an active sailor, fishing member or social member, please come along and celebrate the start of a new season.

The day is also a way to say thank you to all the club members who helped at the working bees this winter – there has been a wide variety of big and small jobs undertaken and the club is looking great as a result of all the effort put in.

Come and see the new Ozi Opti training boats hit the water for the first time in the sail past. Official activities start at 1pm, sail past at 1.30pm, social race about 2pm and then there will be a free afternoon BBQ at about 4pm.

The canteen will be open for lunches in the morning and the bar open for drinks in the afternoon.

  • Oct 08 / 2015
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event, fishing

Fishing competition – Sun 8 Nov

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Save the date for the annual Northern Port Phillip Bay Inter Club Fishing Competition between WSC and Albert Park Yachting & Angling Club (APYAC).

This year the competition is being held by Williamstown Sailing Club.

  • Start Sunday 8 November 12am from WSC & APYAC
    Fish must be weighed in by 1pm at WSC
  • BBQ 1.30pm
  • Prizes will be given for: heaviest snapper, heaviest snapper bag and heaviest other fish.
    Prizes will only go out to members of both clubs only.

Any club members interested in entering or wanting more details should contact James D’Aquino on 0410597550 by Friday 6 November.  

  • Jul 30 / 2015
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event, management

Annual General Meeting 2015 – overview

There was a good attendance of about 40 people at the club’s Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 26 July 2015.

The meeting included the usual annual reports from the Commodore and Sailing Committee and presentation of the audited accounts by the Treasurer. For those who were not in attendance and would like a printed copy of the written reports and financial accounts, they are available through the canteen on Saturdays.

The new Committee of Management for 2015-16 was announced, including the results of the election for the Rear Commodore position.

  • Commodore Simon van den Berg
  • Vice Commodore Brian Fentiman
  • Rear Commodore Hans Schepers
  • Secretary Leigh Farrell
  • Treasurer Allison Wilson
  • Club Captain Jim Hawkins
  • Five General Committee members
    • Peter Behrendt
    • Margaret Morrissey
    • Tracie Ham
    • Joe Nettleton
    • James D’Aquino

See more about the committees here.

The three Resolutions covering changes to the Club Rules were passed in favour of each Resolution by a vote of 72 for, two against and two abstained. The voting was a mixture of postal votes, proxy votes and those who voted on the day at the AGM. There is a structured process to submit these changes to Consumer Affairs, and when we are notified they are accepted we will reprint our Club Rules and By-Laws and distribute copies to all members. This will take several months to finalise.

  • May 11 / 2015
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Hartley TS16 Victorian State Titles – April 2015

We set off for TS 16 Victorian State Titles at Portarlington with the weekend’s dismal forecast dulling the mood. All week long we had been told we were in for a shocker. As a result, only seven boats turn up that morning, and that number quickly shrunk to six as Joe Dorrington  (“Up in Arms”) went home to battle the flu.

At Portarlington the weather was actually far kinder than anticipated, in the main part and we set off to the start in pleasant, reasonably light conditions.

With one eye on Sunday’s terrible forecast and under the guidance of our excellent race officer Roger, we voted to try and sail three races back to back on the Saturday instead of the two planned. If we could get three races done then at least we had a championship.

The six boats competing were:

  • Hissing Sid (Peter Behrendt and Peter Yeates)
  • Phantom (Trevor Burke and Detlef Becker)
  • Seabiscuit (Brian Langworthy and crew)
  • Tru- Blu (Michael Horvath and Anthony Berger)
  • Whispering (Alan O’Brien and Sue Burke)
  • Wild One (Peter Mullinger and David)

The three races were highly contested. Each had a different winner and all boats finished within a few minutes of each other for every race.

Whispering and Tru-Blu had an altercation at the top mark in race one, a discussion about buoy room ensued and boats slipped past. Wild One kept ahead of all. Whispering was in fourth position approaching the finish but a timely wind shift knocked the first three boats below the line. Whilst they tacked, Whispering slid through into second place and finished 12 seconds behind Wild One. Tru-Blu came in third with Hissing Sid just a forestay behind.

Race two saw some further differences of opinion out on the water and Hissing Sid appeared to have it in the bag. With just a covering tack on top of Whispering to reach the finish line, Hissing Sid blithely sailed PAST the line. Despite his crew saying to him at the time “we’d better make this a really good tack”, he thought he had another lap to go. Whispering won by 5 seconds from Wild One and Tru-Blu was third. Hissing Sid went down to fourth. His reaction when realisation hit reminded me of old times when I crewed for him, “F F F F F”, but in good humour.

In race three the wind was getting up and Mr Horvath in Tru-Blu decided to remind us what he is capable of. I think his crew’s previous remarks of him appearing “somewhat rusty” galvanised him into action. Phantom had also come into her own this race until her jib caught around the winching eye on the bow. The race officer was carefully watching the radar and saw some nasty weather rapidly approaching; he deftly shortened the course in an extremely competent manner. He was the only race boat out on the water with one crew but he managed it impressively. Tru-Blu took line honours by more than one minute from Whispering in second and Hissing Sid third.

Back on land an enjoyable evening was had with great food and company.

Sunday the weather was still blown-out and the decision was made to abandon the day’s sailing. The overall results were:

  • First: Whispering
  • Second: Tru-Blu
  • Third: Wild One

Thanks to Bryan Langworthy for his great efforts in race organisation, Roger on the rescue boat and to Sue O’Brien supporting us in some trying conditions.

  • Mar 13 / 2015
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sailing

Pacer State Championships – results

The Pacer & Pacer Pursuit Victoria State Championships 2015 were held at Williamstown Sailing Club from Saturday 7 to Monday 9 March 2105.

The championships were organised by Pacer Victoria in conjunction with Williamstown Sailing Club.

Results

The results are available on the Pacer Sailing website.

Notice of race and entry form

Notice of Race with entry form – available here.

More information

For further information, please contact Pacer Victoria Email: pacervictoria@pacersailing.org.au, or see the Pacer Sailing website www.pacersailing.org.au

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  • Feb 16 / 2015
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fishing, sailing, social

The club from above

Look at the club in these fantastic aerial photos supplied by long term club member George Giuliani.

photo of WSC from the air

Photo of WSC from the air

photo of WSC from the air

Photo of WSC from the air showing the Westgate Bridge in the background

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