WSC Commodore 2000-2004
Sadly, former Commodore Dave McKeogh passed away on 27 November 2014 after fighting a long term illness over many years. It is understood that Dave joined the club sometime in the 1980s following the disbanding of the Werribee Yacht Club, where he had been Acting Commodore.
In his early professional years Dave served as a Navigation Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. For many years he excelled in lecturing in this complex subject, and ended up building a training business around his navigations skills and knowledge. After some short time as a Committee member at WSC, Dave conducted a series of navigation courses weekly on a regular basis and later organised radio operator courses. This was a forerunner for all radio operators to be qualified in this field. Dave was then co-opted by Yachting Victoria to organise courses for Power Boat Drivers and Rescue Boat endorsements. Many WSC members took advantage of his expertise in this area. It was always a sight to behold when he demonstrated the firing of emergency flares during these training sessions.
Dave competed in many ocean racing events, mainly as a navigator. This included the Sydney-Hobart and the Melbourne to Hobart races where he gained success in these blue water events sailing on ‘Fiji Express’. He sailed for many seasons at WSC in his Castle 550 yacht ‘White Knight’. Despite all his years of competitive sailing, he was a very gentle competitor and seemed to enjoy sailing just by being out on the water. Dave was a dedicated member and a thorough gentleman and he will be sadly missed.
On Saturday 15 November, many club members participated in different races and divisions for the Lipton Cup Regatta. This was a joint hosted Regatta between Royals, Port Melbourne and Williamstown Sailing Clubs. Several of our club members were very successful, achieving excellent results in various divisions.
A total of 17 competitors entered in the Keelboat – Trailable and Sport Boats Division D hosted at RYCV, and 50 competitors sailed at WSC and 19 at PMYC (multihull and laser classes).
WSC races were set off in four divisions based on Yachting Victoria handicap:
- Division 1 YV yardstick 130+ – the fleet was largely made up of Minnow, Cadet (International), Mirror & Optimist classes.
- Division 2 YV yardstick 119 – 129.5 – 125, Hartley TS16, Sabre, Pacer,
- Division 3 YV yardstick 100 – 118.5 – 420, Jollyboat, Flying Dutchman, Taser, Nationla E & Impulse classes.
- Division 4 YV yardstick below 99.5 – 29er, 49er, 505, B14, Javelin & Musto Skiff classes.
Five WSC boats competed in the Trailables races with skipper Peter Wright Sail no 121 in FIZ IV taking out third place based on CBH.
OTB results (WSC)
Place, Sail no, Boats Name, Class, Skipper/Crew, Series Score – Total (Race 3/Race 2/Race 1)
1. 2155 Banana Split, Pacer, Greg Parsons/Hayden, 4 (1/2/1)
2. 1987 Seasomfin, Sabre, Andrew Keil, 5 (2/1/2)
3. 2667 JASS, Pacer, Allan O’Brien/Trent Meddings, 13 (5/5/3)
3. 105 Casimir L’ Dem, Impulse, Stefan Gevers, 9 (3/5/1)
- WSC Race Control Tower: Noel Craven, Dawn Beattie & Robyn Ho-Sans
- Course Boat/Rescue – Willy 1: Stephen Meddings & Graham Knight
- Rescue & Pin - Blue RIB – Willy 2: Nick Olliff & Con Bourakis
- Rescue – Red RIB – Willy 3: Michael Attard & Rod Assafiri
- Committee Boat (Jack Cox)
- Race Officer / Time keeper: Simon van den Berg
- Course board: Jim Rees
- Line sighter and signal (horn): Warren Grosvenor
- Canteen: Lois Hunt and Margaret Morrissey
It was with great pleasure that on behalf of the Committee of Management at our Annual General Meeting on the 27 July that I appointed Jack Moloney as a Life Member of the Williamstown Sailing Club.
Jack’s involvement at the club spans approximately 30 years, having first become involved through doing our Learn to Sail program with his adult daughter back in the mid 1990s. After a first season sailing in a Mirror with his daughter, Jack quickly progressed to crewing on trailables, which he continued to do over the next 25+ years. Apart from sailing in the Saturday competitions, Jack was a regular participant at various regattas and competitions around the state. Over the years he crewed for many seasons with Andrew Burbidge on Swallow as well as sailing with Russell Bates and many other trailable sailors across a variety of boats.
Apart from his sailing activities, Jack has worked tirelessly at working bees for all those 30 years. He has been one of our highly competent in-house ‘consultant engineers’, fixing everything from tractors and machinery, to also being an integral member of the team with Darryl Janes and Jim Saunders on developing the opening ‘drawbridge’. He is still the go-to man about the difficult mechanical and engineering questions, and can still be seen tinkering around things that may be broken or not running smoothly at the Club.
When Jack decided to stop competitive racing he still came to the club on race days and was a regular driver and crew on the Jack Cox assisting the starting team for a number of years. Jack has also been a wonderful mentor and friend to many members across the club of all ages, sharing his knowledge and personable manner with all. So congratulations to Jack, we are so appreciative and indebted to you for your long and faithful service to the club, and we expect to continue to see you around the club on working bees and sailing days – but you are allowed to take a less physical role these days and in particular keep a safety eye on us from the tower.
Lois Hunt | Commodore