ASC Snippets for January

Happy New Year to our ASC members and contacts. Club activities resumes with club sailing days on saturday 9th and 16th January. Both days club open from 10am, with Commodore Series races at 2.30. 

Upcoming Junior and Training programs
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* Junior school holiday program tuesday 19th to thursday 21st January. For 8 to 13 year olds. Details and registrations via link on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/ To finalise arrangements, registrations are needed by lunchtime Thursday 7th January.

* Session on starting a club race for adults, youth and juniors In own boat or club training boat at 11am on saturday 16th January. Enquiries to Don via training@albertsc.org.au.

* Term 1 Boatshed/Albert Sailing Club Junior Development (Green Fleet) and Youth Development programs on saturday afternoons from 6 February. Details and Registrations via program links on Courses tab of https://www.theboatshed.net.au/

Albert Sailing Club Facebook
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Follow us on our club Facebook.
Post on 4 January on the passing of Dorothy Chisholm an ASC life member.
Post on 1 January including item and photo on a top result by an ASC junior Hamish Gilsenan at recent Black Rock Regatta.

Albert Park What’s On
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One significant event listed for the Park in January –
Triathlon Pink event on Sunday 17th January, with road closure between MSAC swimming centre and Grand Prix pits area till 11am.

COVID19 Safe Plan
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The health and safety of participants in Albert Sailing Club activities continues to be a priority. Familiarise yourself with the club’s COVID Safe plan and guidelines on www.albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 17 December

To finish off the year on Friday 18th December there will be a late afternoon/twilight sailing session at ASC with an informal early evening BBQ and drinks on the club decking. Club open from around 4pm. There will be some club boats avaialble for use by members and their families if the conditions are suitable. The forecast as at Wednesday evening is for 10 – 15 knot South Westerlies with a maximum temperature of 19 degrees, If the forecast changes check our club website for any late changes in arrangements.

APYC is conducting a scratch race on saturday 19th at 2.30pm and has iissued an invite to ASC members who are looking for a sail on the Lake on saturday. There are sure to be some from ASC who will sail and we can expect some people to be at the club from late morning. Also rescheduled week 4 of the Spring Boatshed/ASC programs.

Checkout the post and photo on Facebook of one of our ASC juniors who won the Laser 4.7 division at Sail Sydney regatta last weekend. Well sailed Hamish.

Upcoming
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Summer junior school holiday program Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st January. Registrations required by early January, with details and registartion link on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/

Club sailing days in January are on saturday 9th and 16th with club races at 2.30 both days. As mentioned in the Summer Mudpuddler Newsletter Don McKenzie is conducting 1 hour sessions on Starting Races mid morning on both days. Email Don via training@albertsc.org.au if interested in participating.

Next Learn to Sail program at ASC on two saturday morning and two full sundays from 6 February. Details on the Learn to Sail tab of www.albertsc.org.au

Boatshed/ASC Junior and Youth Development programs on satruday afternoons from 6 February.

This will be the last Snippets for 2020. Enjoy the upcoming festive season and I look forward to catching up with people in the New Year.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee


Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 10 December

On saturday 12th December we have our final club sailing day for 2020 with a full day of club activity. Clubroom open from 10.30. At lunchtime there is a BYO picnic on the foreshore in front of the club. In the afternoon Life Members trophy race at 2.30 and week 3 of 4 week junior and youth development programs. After sailing there will be a Christmas Breakup BBQ and drinks on the club decking and in the clubhouse with an invite to all members, their families and our club conatcts. Food from the BBQ, christmas cake and drinks from the club bar, supplemented by any foods you bring along for yourself.

To finish off the year on Friday 18th December there will be a late afternoon/twilight sailing session with an informal BBQ and drinks from around 6.30 on the club decking. As always check forecast a day or so in advance and the club website for any late update. 

The Summer junior school holiday program will be held Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st January, a week later than advised in our Spring Mudpuddler newsletter. Details and registartion link are on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/.

 

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 3 December

On saturday 5th December Albert Sailing Club has a working bee from 9.30am and the third and final week of the annual Bill Hooper short course series from 2.30pm. There are plenty of jobs for the post Lockdown working bee including : cleaning of club boats, cleaning of clubroom windows and decking chairs, and removal of leaves and tidying in the boatyard. All members and any interested contacts are encouraged to come and help out. There will be a morning tea at around 11 including cafe style coffee.

Earlier in the week the Summer 2020/21 Mudpuddler newsletter of Albert Sailing Club was released online on the home screen of www.albertsc.org.au. This is another bumper issue with reports on club activities over the extended miid year lockdown period, New Member news and information on Upcoming activities including training programs and the duty roster for the first quarter of 2021. A big thanks to Maddy Paul on production of her first issue as Mudpuddler editor.

Also thanks to our duty crew for the return to our club sailing program with  the Bill Hooper series – Cindy Tilbrook, Ron Lackington, Lesley Scott, Paul and Aaron Caddaye. Their efforts have allowed Albert Sailing Club to commence racing as early as possible when COVID restrictions were eased in November.

Upcoming
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Saturday 12 December will be an End of Year Club Picnic Day. Members and visitors are encouraged to socialise over lunch in the clubrooms, on our decking or in front of the club with a BYO picnic. Have a sail or watch the sailing in the morning and/or afternoon, with a Life Members club race from 2.30. After sailing there will be a BBQ and drinks from the bar on the club decking.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

 

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Thursday Snippets, 26 November

Club sailing day on Saturday 28th November with week 2 of the 3 week annual Bill Hooper series from 2.30. Also week 2 of the Boatshed- ASC junior and youth development programs in the afternoon. Club facilities will be open from 10.30 including the upstairs clubrooms and decking for the first time since lockdown. Also Australian Sailing advise that sailing of double handed boats by people from different households is now allowed. When visiting the club sign in in the club foyer and observe club COVID19 related guidelines on www.albertsc.org.au and signs including permitted numbers of people in club facilities.

News this week of the passing of one of our fondly remembered life members Doug Hunter on Monday 23rd November at the age of 91after a short illness. Doug and his son Gary joined the club in the late 1970’s. Doug sailed a Sabre for a year or so, then took on a number of significant club roles including boat racking officer and for around 30 years operated the clubhouse bar after sailing each saturday. After Doug’s retirement as club steward the bar was aptly named ‘Doug’s Bar’. Gary has advised that as there are some family members in Queensland they have elected not to hold a formal funeral at this time but instead hold some form of gathering in the new year. Our fond memories and sympathies are being conveyed to the Hunter family.

Upcoming
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Saturday 5 December. Club working bee from 9.30, with morning tea from around 11, and the final week of the Bill Hooper series from 2.30. The clubrooms , boatyard, club boats and equipment need a spring clean after the protracted lockdown since March.

Saturday 12 December will be an End of Year Club Picnic Day. Members and visitors are encouraged to socialise over lunch in the clubrooms, on our decking or in front of the club with a BYO picnic. Have a sail or watch the sailing in the morning and/or afternoon, with a Life Members club race from 2.30. After sailing there will be a BBQ on the club decking and drinks available from the bar.

PHOTO attached is from the Victorian Laser Association training day for youth at ASC on Sunday 22nd November. Photo of Hamish, Orlando, Jensen and the ‘Retro youth’ Rod. Another full day of VLA training at the Lake on Sunday 29th.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee


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Thursday Snippets, 19 November

The 3 week annual Bill Hooper series, will be sailed on saturdays 21st, 28th November and 5th. December, with starts at 2.30 each day. This series is named after Bill Hooper our first ASC Commodore back in 1948, and has a Birthday Series shield trophy which dates back to the 1950’s. ASC members, APYC members and visitors encouraged to sail in series races or casually on these days.  Downstairs club facilities and boatyard open from 10.30 to 4,30 with gatherings of up to a maximum of 10 people applying in all areas. Race Officer will be Cindy Tilbrook, with Rod and Kelly Caddaye in  a RIB, and Lesley Scott for entries and Tower – thanks to them for providing the setup to allow us to go sailing.

We also welcome a number of junior and youth programs commencing on the weekend. On saturday afternoon there are Boatshed/ASC Junior development (Green fleet) in Ozi Optis and Optimists and Youth development programs (13 – 17 year olds) in Pacers from the Boatshed with details on the Course tab of https://www.theboatshed.net.au/home/. On sunday there is week 1 of a 2 week Victorian Laser Association training program for youth Laser 4.7and Radial sailors across the day.

The weekend forecast for the weekend is looking promising for afternoon sailing with 5 – 10 knot sea breeze and 26 degrees both days.
There was ideal sailing conditions on wednesday this week. It was good to see a number of members and a couple of visitors out enjoying a relaxed sail across the afernoon. Photo is of Anne K out on the Lake in her Sabre.

A reminder to club members and visitors, whether sailing or not, to read and follow current ASC COVID19 Safe Plan guidelines detailed on https://albertsc.org.au/…/about-1/covid19-asc-guidelines We look forward to further announcements on easing of COVID19 restrictions for Victoria on sunday.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 12 November


Albert Sailing Club will be open 10.30 to 4.30pm on Saturday 14th November. Finally, Victoria is united again and people can move between Melbourne and Regional Victoria, allowing our club members and visitors living outside Melbourne can visit and sail with us again. There will be another non-series short course race at 2.30pm on saturday. Rigging of boats and gatherings up to a maximum of 10 people. Sign on, course and division details for ther race on ASC noticeboard in front of club entrance doors or in foyer. Alternatively you can have a relaxing social sail on the Lake at a time that suits.

Downstairs including boatyard, toilets and changerooms (not showers) will be open. We await on advice from Australian Sailing as to whether Government directions allow upstairs clubrooms to be opened, and applicable restrictions.

Members and visitors, whether sailing or not, are asked to read and follow current ASC COVID19 Safe Plan guidelines detailed on https://albertsc.org.au/…/about-1/covid19-asc-guidelines

Junior programs
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The junior sailing programs on Albert Park Lake for the weeks leading up to mid December have been mapped out this week. The Boatshed at the State Sailing Centre next to Albert Sailing Club has details on https://www.theboatshed.net.au/home/ The Boatshed has a Tackers Learn to Sail program on sunday afternoons for juniors 8 – 12 years commencing on sunday 15th November. There is to be a joint Boatshed/Albert Sailing Club Junior Development (Green Fleet) program for juniors 9 – 12 years who have completed Tackers programs on saturday afternoons from 21 November. Also Senior Development group program for 13 – 17 year olds from 21 November. Details should be on the Course tab of https://www.theboatshed.net.au/home/ in the next couple of days.

Clickbait Filming Notification
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Parks Victoria have advised that Clickbait film production company will be utilising a number of parking bays in Aquatic Drive behind Australian Sailing Boatshed for equipment vehicles on weekend of 13/14 November 2020. There still should be sufficient parking spaces for Albert Sailing Club members and visitors behind Albert Sailing Club. If not suggest park in Albert Park Drive at back of picnic area or Albert Road.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 5 November

Albert Sailing Club will be open 10.30 to 4.30pm on Saturday 7th November. There will be a non-series short course race at 2pm with course and division details and registration on ASC noticeboard in front of club entrance doors or in foyer by 1.30. Again a visit to the club and/or a sail is possible for people who live or work within 25 kilometres of Albert Park Lake. Downstairs including boatyard, toilets and changerooms (not showers) open. Upstairs clubrooms still have to remain closed. Hopefully the distance from the club restrictions are removed, upstairs clubrooms can open within limits, and more regular club sailing resume after the weekend.

Members and visitors, whether sailing or not, are asked to read and follow current ASC COVID19 Safe Plan guidelines detailed on https://albertsc.org.au/…/about-1/covid19-asc-guidelines

A program of sailing activites at ASC up to the end of the year is work in progress. Boatshed/ASC/APYC ‘Green fleet’ type programs on saturday afternoons for juniors 9 years+ and youth 13 years+ are close to finalisation. TheVictorian Laser Association has a program for junior 4.7 and Radial sailors on sundays 22nd and 29th November with details on the VLA website. Details of these and other ASC programs and activities should be out next week.

Clickbait Filming Notification – Saturday 7th & 14th November
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Parks Victoria have advised that Clickbait film production company will be utilising 2 sets of parking bays behind Australian Sailing Boatshed for equipment vehicles on weekends of 6/7 and 13/14 November 2020. There still should be sufficient parking spaces for Albert Sailing Club members and visitors behind Albert Sailing Club. If not suggest park in Albert Park Drive at back of picnic area or Albert Road.

ASC’s next general committee meeting
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is on Wednesday 11th November. Program of activities for the remainder of 2020 will be one of the key agenda items.
We now have a new editor for the club’s next Mudpuddler due out at the end of November. – thanks for volunteering Maddy. Consider what boating or related article, photo or whatever you can contribute and send to commodore@albertsc.org.au.

Car Parking restrictions, fees and permits
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With the lift in Stage 4 restrictions by the Victorian Government the parking machines have been turned on from Monday 2nd November where car parking restrictions and fees at Albert Park Reserve apply. If you have parked in a pay-for-parking area, you purchase a ticket from a ticket machine or have an annual permit, with either displayed on your dashboard or windscreen to avoid a fine.

Sports Club member Parking permits are also now being processed. Annual fee for 20/21 is $68.70, with 6 months and concessional permits available (approx. 1/2)
Junior Sports club parking permits also available at $17 for parents of junior members when junior member attending a club activity.

If you need an application form for renewal or new application it needs to have an Albert Sailing Club stamp on it. Members can pickup a copy from the table at top of ASC stairs or send an email request to training@albertsc.org.au and I will send back a scanned stamped copy. Post or send scanned copy of completed parking permit application to Parks Victoria as per details on application form.

See you at ASC soon
Rod Thomas
For ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 29 October

Sailing has resumed at Albert Sailing Club,  for the next couple of weeks only for people who live or work within 25 kilometres of Albert Park Lake. On the weekend the clubrooms will be open on Saturday 31st from around 10.15am until 4.30. No specific sailing activities programmed, but there may be a scratch race at around 2.15/2.30 depending on weather conditions and interest level.  Clarification is being sought from Australian Sailing on opening of upstairs clubrooms as there is ambiguity in current guidance. Until clarified the upstairs clubrooms and decking will remained closed for use by club members and their visitors. In the interim we will look to provide some seating in the boatyard and outdoors area in front of the club or bring your own outdoor chair.

In re-opening the health and safety of our club members is a priority. Members and visitors, whether sailing or not, are asked to read and follow the current Albert Sailing Club COVID19 Safe Plan guidelines detailed on
https://albertsc.org.au/index.php/about-1/covid19-asc-guidelines

A number of club members in their single handed boats and a visiting Laser Radial junior had a sail on Albert Park Lake in near perfect conditions on wednesday afternoon. In the latter part of the afternoon a couple of Mirrors were out with two families enjoying their first sail since early March. Photo of Silke Shwartz and her daughter before heading out is attached. Ongoing we expect more informal wednesday afternoon sailing provided the weather is suitable with no current wind warnings.

The announcements from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday 26th October provided for resumption of non contact sports, including sailing for adults and juniors, within a framework of restrictions. Further details on what this means for sailing clubs come to us via Australian Sailing, with weekly and sometimes more often updates incorporated into our ASC COVID Safe Plan guidelines.

Specific plans and programs for resumption of ASC club racing, training and social activities are currently under consideration by club committee members and key activity coordinators. If you could assist in one of these areas contact Cindy through commodore@albertsc.org.au or Rod (Vice Commodore) or Steve (Rear Commodore for sailing). Program etails will be progressively placed on our club website in the next 2 or 3 weeks, with updates through our weekly Thursday Snippets Facebook posts and emails.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 22 October

Hi Everyone  Hope you are taking advantage of the move in Melbourne Metre to 25 kilometre range for exercise and travel without restriction on period away. Sailing is now a permitted activity within a defined set of restrictions as per https://www.sailingresources.org.au/covid-19/vic/ . No organised club activity as yet, but looking likely for an early to mid November resumption, with announcements on easing of restrictions for community sport, hopefully starting in next week, if not the week after.

We had a few people down to checkout Albert Park Lake and the ASC area on wednesday afternoon, with a few out for a sail. The photo enclosed is of Orlando from Royal Brighton who sailed on wednesday, with the Lake the only stretch of water he could sail on within 25 k’s  from home. A few people have indicated they are likely to come down on the long weekend. The weather forecast suggests Friday will be the best of the days, with a cold front due through on saturday morning. If the weather is looking good, it is likely there will also be some down next wednesday afternoon.

In accordance with Government regulations the ASC clubrooms are still closed, however, toilets can be used if you have a pass to access the clubrooms.  The ASC COVID19 guidelines for members and visitors on our club website www.albertsc.org.au are being updated weekly and should be looked at if you are coming down. Also be aware that the Parks Victoria parking inspectors are in operation, so if coming by car you need a current annual or daily parking permit. If your annual permit has expired the safest approach is to purchase a daily ticket. In the next two weeks we aim to provide an update in Thursday Snippets on how best to renew or apply for a new pass.

There will be an ASC Virtual Drinks and Chat session on saturday 22nd from 4 to 5.15 pm on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83794843459. All ASC members and contacts welcome.

In Other News
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The Australian Sailing annual Awards are being announced online this week on https://www.facebook.com/AustSail/  Congatulations to Royal Gellong Yacht Club as being awarded Australian Yacht Club of the year in recognition of their huge program of events over the 2019/20 summer including Australian and World Championships. Also well done to the other Victorian finalists, and those declared as winners in a number of the categories.

Rod Thomas

for ASC committee

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