Thursday Snippets, 2 February


Saturday 4th February, club handicap series race at 2.30, with club open from 10am. Given the Melbourne forecast for strong winds, at least in the morning, the short informal morning race scheduled for 11am has been postponed to saturday 25th February. A decision will be made on morning of 4 February on availability of club Quest and Zests for sailing by club members. Club galley open at lunchtime with salad rolls, cakes and drinks. Also note that parking in Aquatic Drive behind the club may be tight at various times during the day as there is a schools athletics event all day at Lakeside Stadium. If there is no available parking spaces in Aquatic Drive and you have an annual parking permit then park in the gravel area next to club. If you don’t have an annual pass, ask in clubrooms whether someone parked in Aquatic Drive can move and free up a space for you.

Upcoming
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* Saturday 11 February Top of the Bay Regatta at 2pm at Port Melbourne Yacht Club for clubs at top end of Port Phillip including Albert Park Lake clubs. Notice of Race on club website, with ASC Regatta enquiries to Paul via sailing@albertsc.org.au. No programmed sailing at Albert Sailing Club on 11 February. See next week’s Snippets as to any arrangements for part day sailing at ASC.
*Sunday 12 February ASC Summer Learn to Sail program commences. Three successive sundays in February and a saturday morning first weekend of March. Further details on Learn to Sail tab of www.albertsc.org.au. Bookings with Membership application if required by 5 February.
* 18/19 February Victoria’s Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta – Victoria’s biggest and best fun regatta for wooden sailing dinghy class boats. A number of ASC boats have participated most year. Details on https://sgycinverloch.com.au/

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets, 26 January


The next sailing day at Albert Sailing Club is on saturday 4th February. There is another short informal morning race and/or casual sail. Rig your own boat or a club training boat from 10am with Information Session in front of clubhouse at 10.30ish with informal race and sail at 11am. Club RS Zests and a couple of Pacers and plastic Ozi Optis will be available for use by members who need a boat. Also crewing spots available on club RS Quest boat am and pm. ASC/APYC Summer Handicap club race at 2.30.
The SEDA educational group programs 9 to 3pm weekdays from 30 January in ASC club rooms. ASC members welcome to use club facilities taking into account SEDA students and staff onsite.

Upcoming
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* Saturday 11 February   Top of the Bay Regatta at 2pm at Port Melbourne Yacht Club for clubs at top end of Port Phillip including Albert Park Lake clubs. Notice of Race on club website, with ASC Regatta enquiries to Paul via sailing@albertsc.org.au.
No programmed sailing at Albert Sailing Club on 11 February.
*Sunday 12 February ASC Summer Learn to Sail program commences. Three successive sundays in February and a saturday morning first weekend of March. Further details on Learn to Sail tab of www.albertsc.org.au. Bookings with Membership application if required by 5 February.
* 18/19 February Victoria’s Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta – Victoria’s biggest and best fun regatta for wooden sailing dinghy class boats. A number of ASC boats have participated each year. Details on https://sgycinverloch.com.au/

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

Photo : ASC youth at another successful Junior School Holiday program at Albert Sailing Club on tuesday 24th.

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Thursday Snippets, 5 January

Our weekly sailing program at Albert Sailing Club commences on Saturday 7 January. Club open from 10am, with two week Commodore Series of short course races starting at 2.30. Monthly day where Club RS Zest and Pacer boats are available for use by members – am or pm, subject to approval on the day.

Otherwise in January club sailing on 14 and 21 January. No programmed activity on 28 January which follows on from Australia Day.

For those down at the club on a saturday in January the Club galley will not be operating in January

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Tuesday 24th January ASC School holiday sailing day. Supervised junior coaching and sailing 9.30 to 4pm for junior members at Green Fleet or Intermediate level – Further information and Booking link on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/
Other members can come down to sociliaise and/or sail. Some club training boats likely to be available dependant on bookings for junior program.
* ASC Summer Learn to Sail program of three sundays and a saturday morning commences on sunday 12 February. Details and booking link on the Learn to Sail tab of www.albertsc.org.au.
* Top of Bay Regatta on 11 February at a club on northern end of Port Phillip. Details will be provided on www.albertsc.org.au when received from the host club.

Good sailing in January be it at Albert Park Lake or another venue in Victoria or interstate, This includes members sailing in Australian championships and regattas, such as Hamish Gilsenan who is sailing in ILCA6 Laser championships in Sydney till 8 January.

The next Snippets will be in late January.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

Photo : ASC’s Paul Farrell sailing at Australian Impulse championships at Lake Macquarie over the Christmas – New Year period.
The black flag on the Start Boat is in memory of APYC Impulse class stalwart Mike Howell who recently passed away and is fondly remembered.

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Thursday Snippets, 15 December

Our saturday club sailing program for 2022 has finished, and resumes on saturday 7th January. The club’s 2023 Sailing Calendar has been loaded onto the Home Screen of our club website www.albertsc.org.au.

On tuesday 20th December there is casual midweek sailing 1pm into twilight from Albert Sailing Club, with BOM forecast for a pleasant summer weather day. Sail your own boat or for club members a club RS Zest, Pacer, Ozi Opti or kayak in sessions 1pm to 4pm or 4pm to 6.30pm. From 6.30 to 7.30 drinks and casual meal on club decking, either a BBQ or pizzas, with signup on the day. A short December club committee meeting follows from 7.45. If driving down be aware of midweek parking restrictions. No limits behind club if you have an annual Park parking pass. Otherwise $5.50 hourly fee with 3 hour limit behind club, Better metered options in Albert Road, with some 2 hour no fee options towards South Melbourne.

Our ASC Summer Learn to Sail program of three sundays and a saturday morning commences on sunday 12 February. Details and booking link are on the Learn to Sail tabe of www.albertsc.org.au.

This will be the final Snippets for 2022.
Wishing all ASC members, Snippets and Facebook followers and their families a safe holiday season and a happy new year.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets, 8 December

Our 2022 program at Albert Sailing Club wraps up in the next couple of weeks.
* Saturday 10th December we have our final club sailing day for the year, with our Life Members trophy race at 2.30, and end of year Festive Season and New Members Welcome function from late afternoon into the evening, with a good number of bookings for our end of year function .
* Also on the 10th there will be an end of year Update meet for members chaired by the Commodore in the clubrooms from 12 noon. Members whether sailing or not are encouraged to come down. Sit down with your lunch. No formal agenda. To cover items such as : ASC future strategy, status of possible unification discussions, Parks Victoria and lake management, club training and mentoring.
Club sail boats available for sailing by members in the afternoon.
Looking further ahead
* On Tuesday 20th December the club will be open from 12 noon ish for afternoon and twilight sailing till 7pmish, with club training boats available for member use. December club committee meeting in clubrooms that evening.
* The Club Sailing program resumes with two week short course Commodore’s Series on saturday 7th January.
* Our ASC Summer Learn to Sail program of three sundays and a saturday morning commences on sunday 12 February. Details and booking link are on the Learn to Sail tabe of www.albertsc.org.au.

Finally, well done to Hamish Gilsenan, who sails under the ASC burgee, and finished second overall in a fleet of 31 boats in the Victorian ILCA Laser Radial championships at Mordialloc Sailing Club last weekend. Hamish sailed against sailors youth to 65 years+ He finished runner up to Casey Imeneo Victoria’s top single handed female sailor who is in the Australian ILCA Laser Radial team which races and trains overseas.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

Photo : Views of Albert Park Lake from the Albert Sailing Club decking in summer. 

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Thursday Snippets, 1 December

With the arrival of summer we have two busy days first two saturdays of December at Albert Sailing Club
* On saturday 3rd there is another short informal morning race.  Rig your own boat or a club training boat from 10am with Information Session in front of clubhouse  at 10.30ish for informal race and sail at 11am. Club RS Zests and a Pacer or two will be available for use by members who need a boat. ASC/APYC Summer championship club race at 2.30. The weather forecast two days out looks good for a day of enjoyable sailing on Albert Park Lake.
* Saturday 10th December we have an end of year Members Update meet at 12 noon, followed by Life Mambers trophy race at 2.30, and our end of year Festive Season and New Members Welcome function from late afternoon into the evening. All members whether sailing or not are encouraged to come down for the Members update session which will cover items such as : Unification discussions, ASC future strategy, training and mentoring. The Xmas function includes a subsidised catered meal, and bookings are required by the end of saturday 3rd. Numbers for it are looking good, with room for more to come and enjoy an end of year get together in our clubrooms.
* In the preceding week. On friday 9th December the Victorian She Sails group will have an informal end of year function with BBQ at ASC clubrooms from 6pm. If there are any ASC women interested in attanding or assisting contact Cindy Tilbrook who is coordinating for ASC.
The Australian Society of Marine Artists have their annual exhibition of Marine and Maritime Art at Victorian Artist Society rooms in Albert Street East Melbourne from 2nd to 13th December. With free entry, well worth a visit for those intrested in nautical art.

Looking further ahead
* On Tuesday 20th December the club will be open from the middle of the day for afternoon and twilight sailing, with club training boats available for member use
* After a short break the Club Sailing program resumes with 2 week short course Commodore’s Series on saturday 7th January.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

Photo : Learn to Sail group with club Zests

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Thursday Snippets, 24 November

Plenty of activity at Albert Sailing Club next few weekends.
* Saturday 26th the Learn to Sail group have their last course session 9.30 to 12.30. Lunchtime Sausage Sizzle on the club decking for the new members and other members.
All club Zest in use till 12 noon. Club’s RS Quest boat out sailing am and pm.
The Spring Handicap series club race is at 2.30. There will be an option for new members to stay on to observe how saturday afternoon club racing works.
* On Sunday 27th the club will be open 10am to 12 noon for social sailing, for members to sail their own boat or a club training boat. Also mention you can visit the Boatshed Cafe next door to ASC, for coffee and food and listen to the pleasant musical trio who play late morning/early afternoon each sunday.
Again keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Any late changes to program will be posted on the club website.

Upcoming
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Saturday 3 December Another short informal race at 11am and ASC/APYC Championship series race at 2pm.

Saturday 10 December Join us for our club’s end-of-year Festive Season and Welcome to New Members Celebration Dinner after sailing. Early online registration required to enable organising of the fully catered meal. Go to the link on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/

Tuesday 29th November and 6 December  Final two sessions Melbourne Girls Grammar School program. Need a member to assist wtih rigging and launching of Zest boats 4 to 6 pm on these afternoons. Contact Rod via training@albertsc if you can help out.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets, 17 November

Club sailing day on saturday 19th with the club open by 10am, and ASC/APYC Spring Championship Race at 2.30. On sunday the third day of the Spring Learn to Sail program in club Zest boats from 9.30 to 4.30. Keep an eye on the weather and the forecasts with some stronger winds and showers coming in the next few days.

Upcoming
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Saturday 26th the Learn to Sail group have their last course session 9.30 to 12.30. From 12.30 Cindy will have a Sausage Sizzle on the club decking for the new members and other members who are down, with family members welcome. The handicap series club race is then at 2.30. There will be an option for new members to stay on to observe and have commentary on how saturday afternoon club racing works, with  spots on the club’s Start/Finish boat possible if the weather is kind.

Saturday 10 December Join us for our club’s end-of-year Festive Season and Welcome to New Members Celebration Dinner after sailing. We ask for early online registration to enable organising for the fully catered meal. Go to the link on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/

Friday 18 November 2022 there is a Junior Boys Rowing Regatta all day on Albert Park Lake. If down sailing the areas available for sailing are the basin North of Gunn Island and the area between Gunn Island and the Golf course.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

This week the Lake is again at or above its maximum level and the Aquatic Weed Harvesting vessel is in operation.

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Thursday Snippets, 10 November

On saturday 12th it is a club sailing day with options all day.
* The club opens by 10am. There will be a short informal race at 11. Fully or partially rig by 1030 with an Information Session at 1030 in front of the club. Main target group is people who have miminal experience racing or have not raced for some time. Sail you own Sabre or other class of boat. Alternatively a club Zest 1up or 2up, with allocations by the Commodore at 10.15ish.
* Club Handicap Race from 2.30pm.
* The club’s RS Quest will be sailed by an experienced sailing member with spots for 2 or 3 people to crew am or pm. If interested in crewing on the Quest prefereably email Jack via membership@albertsc.org.au or see him or Steve Dunn at the Quest on the day.

On 4 November four of Australia’s top sailors were inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.
* Congratulations to Tom King on his induction into the Hall of Fame. Tom started sailing as a young junior at Albert Sailing Club in 1984 and continued to sail at ASC as he progressed to state, national and world Miror champion in 1991. He then moved on to sail a 470 class boat at the 1996 Olympics with Owen McMahon, another ASC junior Mirror and Sabre graduate, and with Mark Turnbull from Mordialloc to win gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  A short video on the induction of Tom and Mark is at https://www.facebook.com/AustSail/videos/681101063446001 
* Also congratulations to Mark. Matt Belcher and Jessica Watson who were also inducted.  

Upcoming
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Saturday 10 December Join us for our club’s end-of-year Festive Season and Welcome to New Members Celebration Dinner after sailing. Get together with club and family members and their guests to enjoy a great spit roast dinner (vegetarian options available), and an end of year catchup. Registration is essential and done via link on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

Photo : Tom King and Mark Turnbull after winning gold at Sydney 2000 Olympics

 

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Thursday Snippets, 3 November

At long last a warm and mostly sunny weekend in prospect. Get your sailing gear out and come sailing at Albert Park Lake this weekend.
* Club sailing day on saturday 5th November, with club open at 10am and ASC/APYC Summer Series club race at 2.30. ASC is host club with Steve Dunne our illustrious Race Officer.
* On sunday 9.30 to 4.30 is Week 1 of the ASC November Learn to Sail course. The course is fully booked with 16 adult and youth participants to learn to sail, mainly in our club RS Zest boats. The Most of them are new members, and so we wish them well and a big welcome to our club. The course continues the following two sundays and the last saturday in November.
* The Trivia Night scheduled for saturday 5th will not proceed, but may be rescheduled in the New Year.
* The Melbourne Girls Grammar school program at ASC in Zest resumes at 4pm on tuesday 8th and continues for the following three thursday afternoons.
* Also the State Liberals will make a multi-million dollar funding pledge this coming Saturday.to support community sport infrastructure in the Park and the lake wall if they win Government 10am, Saturday 5 November. Club members who can make it to the announcement it will be by the local Liberal Party candidiate and David Davis shadow treasurer, at 10am for 20 to 30 minutes at Pit Building 6, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Reserve. We have a couple of ASC committee members going along and would welcome a few more club members.

Rod Thomas
commodore@albertsc.org.au

The ASC Commodore and a couple of ASC juniors and their dads had a great Melbourne Cup long weekend at the Victorian Laser Association Inland Waters Regatta at Lake Eppalock near Bendigo. 48 Lasers sailed in the two day regatta and 24 stayed on for the following two days training camp. Also good to see a fleet of 20 or so junior Optimist sailors sail in a hastily convened event for them after the cancellation of Sail Country at Albury- Wodonga due to blue-green algae in Lake Hume

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