Thursday Snippets, 29 July

The club’s winter sailing season resumes in saturday 31st July, with club opnen from 10.30 and Winter Championship race from 2pm. As always visitors welcome.
Activites all day on Sunday 1st August. In the morning we are hosting the Victorian Laser Association’s 4 week program for sailors transitioning to Laser sailing. Details in June 10 Post on viclaser Facebook. From 1pm the weekly VIODA Optimist Coaching program resumes with 30+ Optimists registered. The club will be open all day for members who want to come down for a sail.
The Olympics coverage of on the dedicated sailing channel on 7+ has been great to watch and coninues each afternoon till 4 August. Daily updates on https://www.facebook.com/AusSailingTeam The Laser and Laser Radial final medal races will be shown on sunday afternoon. We expect to have it showing on the TV in our clubrooms, internet and TV willing, with capacity for up to 40 people.

COVID Restrictions Overview
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The government has updated COVID restrictions from 28 July. Those changes with the biggest impact on ASC operations are :
* All Victorians now free to move within Victoria.
* public gatherings outdoors limited to groups of 10, with masks required indoors and outdoors except eating or drinking, phsysical exertion while exercising, or there is a permitted health related exemption.
* Community sport (which includes sailing) can resume for training and competition.
* Indoors facilities (including eateries) one person per 4 square metres with groups up to 10 people – for ASC up to 40 in upstairs clubrooms. Toilets open, changerooms expected to be allowed to open with a max. of 8 people M & W. Awaiting advice from Australian Sailing on changerooms.

Our full ASC COVID Safe guidelines have been updated and can be viewed on our club website www.albertsc.org.au. Use of QR codes for each person entering clubrooms is important, with paper form in foyer where you have no smartphone. If sailing come dressed for sailing and minimise use of changerooms. Personal hygiene and wiping down of shared surfaces also important.

Keep warm, keep safe and see you down at Albert Sailing Club soon.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 22 July

     Unfortunately, the Victorian lockdown was extended and no Community Sport on weekend of 24/25 July. We look forward to easing of restrictions soon to allow for resumption of our club winter season on Saturdays and junior VIODA Optimist Class coaching on Sundays.
     There is a big sailing program at the Tokyo Olympics which kicks off this week. Sailing events take place across eleven days from Sunday 25 July to Wednesday 4 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour south of Tokyo. This year the sailing events can be viewed live in Australia on Smart TV, tablet or mobile phone each afternoon via the Olympics Sailing channel on the 7+ app.
     At the Tokyo Olympics There are events for 10 sailing classes. With one qualified entry allowed per country in each event, Australia has 13 athletes competing across the 7 one and two person dinghy classes and the foiling catamaran class. Sailing commences on Sunday 25 July at 12.05pm with Race 1 for the Women’s Laser Radial class, followed by Race 1 for the Men’s Laser class. Australia is going for the three-peat in the Men’s Laser class with Tom Slingsby gold meddalist in London in 2012 and Tom Burton gold medalist in Rio in 2016.
Both Laser classes are scheduled to sail 9 races across the week, with Medal race finals on Sunday 1st August. 

Australian Sailing has a website for the Australian Sailing Team https://www.australiansailingteam.com.au/news/
The News item “Its Tokyo Time” published on 12 July 2021 has a full guide including :
– Athlete profiles
– Race Schedule
– How to Watch

Go the Aussie Sailors at the Olympics

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee


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Thursday Snippets, 15 July 2021

The Albert Sailing Club ‘Pop Up” Regatta scheduled for saturday 17 July will not proceed due to the 5 day lockdown restrictions for Victoria commencing midnight 15 July. This follows on from the cancellation of our two day “Top of the Lake” regatta scheduled for late June.
The VIODA Winter Coaching Program session scheduled for Sunday 18 July will also not proceed.

Our intention is to re-commence the Albert Sailing Club winter season as soon as we can operate safely within Government restrictions and COVIDSafe requirements. Our winter season club races are programmed for each saturday afternoon at 2pm till late September, including a stand alone 3 week Bill Hooper memorial series from late August.

Thanks to all club members who attended the working bee last weekend. The clubhouse and yards looked welcoming, tidy and organised after the hard work done by those who attended. Thanks also to all those who volunteered to assist with the Regatta on Saturday. We were able to fill the roster with willing helpers which is a good indicator of the commitment our club members show towards showcasing our club and the benefits of winter sailing on the lake to the wider sailing community

Sailors from other sailing clubs are very welcome to sail with the Albert Sailing Club fleet in club races as a Visitor over the next couple of months. We will consider a “Pop Up’ Regatta later the year.
You can keep up to date with ASC and its activities through our website www.albertsc.org,au and or Albert Sailing Club Facebook.

Keep safe and warm over the weekend and the Restriction days which follow.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 8 July

On saturday 10 July we have a working bee in the morning and no club race as junior Wintersail event at APYC all weekend.

On saturday 17th it is the Albert Sailing Club ‘Pop Up’ Regatta. Short course races with Information session at 12.45 and division starts from 1.30. No cost to enter for ASC, APYC and visitors, but we do ask that you enter online before COB wednesday 14th. Regatta details and entry on www.albertsc.org.au. Also anyone who is available to assist on the day who is currently not on the duty list for 17th should contact Cindy via commodore@albertsc.org.au.
The mini Working Bee on 10 July is from 9.30 to lunchtime with aim to spruce up the clubrooms and boatyard. We have some basic equipment available. If you have them bring along
. Leaf Blower
. Yard brooms
. Rubber gloves

The VIODA winter coaching Block 2 program commences on sunday 18th July till early September with details on the VIODA website.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee



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Thursday Snippets, 1 July

Wintry Winter Season club race saturday 3rd July at 2pm.
     The main item of news this week is the release of online entry and race documents for our Albert Sailing Club “Pop Up” Regatta on saturday 17 July. Shake Off the Lockdown Blues by sailing or coming down to watch our one day’Pop Up Regatta’
Short course racing with Information Session at 12.45 and Starts by Division from 1.30pm. Further details and free online entry till 14 July on www.albertsc.org.au. Late entries at $10 on the day if limit not reached, with no fee for ASC and APYC members sailing the club race. Entry limit of 80 boats so enter early and encourage others to enter.
     ASC COVID Safe plan guidelines based on latest Government requirements continue to be updated and published on our website.

Other Upcoming
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On tuesday 6th July the water for our ASC clubrooms and changerooms will be turned off for maintenance work on the club’s hot water service.

On thursday 8th we have our ASC July general committee meeting at 7.30pm. Any members wanting to attend or to assist at the Pop Up regatta should contact Cindy via commodore@albertsc.org.au for Zoom details.

Friday 9th – 11th July APYC Coaching Regatta for juniors and youth on the Lake . Details on APYC website No club racing that weekend. A mid year working bee saturday morning  is planned with more details next week.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 24 June

Saturday 26th June there is another club Winter Season sailing day with club open from 10.30, and afternoon race at 2pm. Sunday ASC social sailing day with VIODA Optimist Winter training 1 – 4pm. “Top of the Lake” regatta cancelled due to uncertainty with COVID restrictions
Government COVID restrictions similar to last week with numbers of people per indoors area based on 1 per 4 square metres. QR codes or form signed on entry to club and masks to be worn indoors. Outdoors public gathering groups can now be up to 50, as against up to 20 last week. Full ASC guidelines on www.albertsc.org.au.

Upcoming Events
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Saturday 17th July a one day “Pop Up” ASC regatta is being planned, with short course races from 1.30. Mark the date in your diary. Details to be finalised and posted on ASC Facebook and sent to class associatons and clubs early last week of June.

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July Victorian Laser Association Coaching Program – Days 1 and 2 of 4 Day program at Albert Sailing Club. Details in June 10 Post on viclaser Facebook

Friday 9th – 11th July Albert Park Yacht Club Wintersail Junior and Youth program on the Lake. Current ASC registrations for a Laser 4.7, two International Optimists, and a club RS Zest 1 up.
Event details on apyc.org.au/wintersail.html. Any ASC queries to Rod via training@albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 17 June

On saturday 19th June we will have a club sailing day with club race at 2pm, and club open from 10.30.
The club’s “Top of the Lake” regatta scheduled for saturday 26th and sunday 27th June has been cancelled due to uncertainty with COVID restrictions in particular those effecting the numbers who would be able to use our clubrooms and facilities. A winter series club race will be sailed on saturday 26th June, we need 4 or 5 people to assist Cindy with duty on the day. Email commdore@albertsc.org.au if you can assist.
As a partial makeup an Invitation Day at ASC for visitors from class associations and other clubs is to being scheduled for saturday 17 July.

An overview of the Government restrictions currently impacting ASC operations is provided below.

Other Upcoming Events
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The VIODA Optimist class winter coaching program @ ASC is scheduled for sunday 20th June. Go to VIODA Facebook for confirmation.

Victorian Laser Association Coaching Program – Days 1 and 2 of 4 Day program at Albert Sailing Club on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July. Details in June 10 Post on viclaser Facebook

APYC Wintersail Junior and Youth program on Lake Friday 9th – 11th July. Details apyc.org.au/wintersail.html.

COVID Restrictions Overview
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The government has eased some of the COVID restrictions to apply from midnight on 17 June. Those changes with the biggest impact on ASC operations are :
* All Victorians now free to move within Victoria.
* public gatherings outdoors limited to groups of 20, with masks not required outdoors except where can’t distance 1.5 metres.
* Community sport (which includes sailing) can resume for training and competition.
* Indoors facilities (including eateries) one person per 4 square metres with groups up to 10 people – for ASC up to 40 in upstairs clubrooms, changerooms max. of 8 people M & W.
The government has indicated they may ease restrictions further late next week if COVID cases remain low.

Our ASC COVID Safe guidelines have been updated and can be viewed on our club website www.albertsc.org.au. Use of QR codes for each person entering clubrooms is important, with paper form in foyer where you have no smartphone. For sailing clubs come dressed for sailing and minimise use of changerooms. Personal hygiene and wiping down of shared surfaces also important.

Keep warm, keep safe and see you down at Albert Sailing Club soon.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 10 June

There has been an easing of some Goverment COVID restrictions for Greater  Melbourne from midnight on Thursday 10th of June, with restrictions still tight around community sport.  Given the restrictions and our club program what does this mean for sailing on Albert Park Lake and Albert Sailing Club?

  * You can go sailing on Albert Park Lake if you live within 25 kms of the club. 
*   There are no organised activities at Albert Sailing Club on the long weekend or during the coming week. The exception is the SEDA educational group midweek.

* There are no duty personnel assigned over the long weekend to provide access to the boatyard.
* There will be a few people down 10.30 to 11ish on saturday for anyone without a club  key who wants to move their boat out of the yard. No-one rostered to be there if take boat out and want to return it.
* Club members with a club key can access the club through the front doors to gain access to their boat in the  boatyard. If you move your boat from the boatyard lock all gates behind you. 
* Each person entering the club foyer and/or boatyard is required to sign in using the club QR code on the foyer window or via the manual register 
*  You may do maintenance or repairs on your boat in the boatyard if you have a club key.
*  The upstairs clubrooms and changerooms need to remain closed. Club toilets are accessible.
 
*  Public gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors, including in boat rigging areas, with social distancing of 1.5 metres between people.
*  Masks to be worn at all times, unless eating or drinking or strenuous exercise
*  Wash hands and use hand sanitiser. Wipe down shared surfaces touched such as door handles, locks, and wash basin taps. 
*  If you do intend to sail, please change at home.   

Upcoming
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Our ASC club calendar has Winter Season race at 2pm on Saturday 19 June, VIODA Optimist coaching program on Sunday 20 June and our club “Top of the Lake” regatta on 26/27 June.
We await announcements on Government Restrictions this coming week, as to whether these can proceed and possible arrangements.
We will communicate the program and arrangements for the rest of June in the next Thursday Snippets and on Facebook on 18 June.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 3 June

In accordance with Victorian Government COVID19 restrictions announced on 2nd June the cancellation of activities at Albert Sailing Club and closure of clubrooms and boatyard continues for a further 7 day period until 12 midnight on 11th June. For those living within 10 kilometres of the Lake who have their boat stored at home the following extract from https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sport-and-exercise may provide some joy “Recreational fishing and boating are permitted as long as it doesn’t require use of a facility (the opening of a closed jetty or pier) and within 5km of your home for up to 2 hours once per day, and with members of your household or 1 other person.”
The boundary will now be 10 kilometres following the Government announcements of 2 June.
Access to club facilities including the boatyard continues to be not permitted until restrictions on this are changed. The only exception is for essential club maintenance and from 4 June, the midweek use of ASC clubrooms by SEDA teachers and students who can return to face to face classes for Year 11 and 12 education groups.

Upcoming
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* No club activities are programmed for the 12 – 14 June long weekend.
* The ASC sailing program from saturday 19 June will depend upon Government COVID restrictions and requirements, and the availability of duty crew and other key club volunteers. Decisions on this will be communicated after due consideration of eased restrictions.
* Albert Sailing Club Top of the Lake Regatta, is scheduled for saturday 26th and sunday 27th June. A decision on whether the Regatta proceeds or not will be made and communicated out in the week commencing 12 June.
* The June ASC committee meeting will be held as a Zoom meeting at 7.30 on Thursday 10th. Non-committee members are welcome to join the meeting. To do so email Cindy for details via commodore@albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 27 May

In accordance with Victorian Government COVID19 restrictions announced on 27th May all activities at Albert Sailing Club are cancelled and clubrooms and boatyard closed for 7 day period from 12 midnight on 27th, unless an earlier change to restrictions is announced. An update will be provided on our club Facebook and in weekly Thursday Snippets in week commencing 31 May when Government changes in restrictions are announced.

Upcoming
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Albert Sailing Club Regatta, saturday 26th and sunday 27th June. Short course racing on saturday from 1.15. sunday from 10.30, with presentations mid afternoon. Online Registration and details on https://albertsc.org.au/…/2021-sail-topoflake-regatta. Regatta volunteers being sought with availability details to commodore@albertsc.org.au.

1st Olympic Virtual Offshore Race from Rio to Tokyo in maxi trimarans starts at 1900 UTC on 28 May. You can enter or follow the race on Virtual Sailing. Provide a commentt on our Facebook if you do enter.

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