Thursday Snippets, 6 August

Half a dozen ASC sailors sailed on the Lake on sunday 2nd , the last day before Stage 4 lockdown of Melbourne. A post with photo has been placed on Albert Sailing Club Facebook of Phoebe Pearce, one of our new members from late 2019, sailing her OK dinghy on sunday. Phoebe lives within 2 ks of the Lake and walks in with her gear, which depending on COVID19 restrictions, has been nearly weekly since early May. She like many others looks forward to being able to get out again on Albert Park Lake later in Spring.

There is another Virtual online “ASC Drinks and Chat” 4pm – 5pm on saturday 8th August. Join us at “Doug’s Virtual Bar” using the Zoom link :  Last week Tim spoke of his new ebike and his rides in and around Camberwell. Rod shared a photo of Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize in a stiff breeze in Bass Strait. What will people bring to the table this week ?

Other News
The OK on the Lake on the 2nd of August reminded me of the rich history of the OK at Albert Sailing Club, and the importance of ASC as the foundation club for OK’s in Victoria.  “The Birth of the OK Class in Victoria”, by Bob Coate, from a club Newsletter in mid 1996, tells the story of OK’s at ASC from 1960, now 60 years ago. Bob was an active member of the club and a strong supporter of the OK in the 1980’s and 1990’s. An extract from that article, with a brief update follows.

Extract from “The Birth of the OK Class in Victoria” by Bob Coate KA615 “Good Vibrations” Published in The Mudpuddler Newsletter of Albert Sailing Club in 1996.

In 1960, the then ASC Commodore Bill Larkins established the first OK dinghy class fleet in Australia at Albert Sailing Club. The OK had its origins in the mid 1950’s, when yacht designer Knud Olsen prepared drawings for a light and fast single-handed sailing dinghy based on conventional plywood construction. The design was named the “OK”, using Knud Olsen’s initials in reverse.

In April 1960 a local boatbuilder, Mr Lang, visited the club to discuss possible building arrangements and prices. This lead to ASC adopting the class and the Victorian OK Dinghy Association being formed at ASC on 14th May 1960. A scheme to finance the building of several boats was instituted. The Ladies Committee of Albert Sailing Club loaned 50 pounds each to a number of members. (The whole boat – timber, ply, mast and sail cost about 100 pounds – about 4 weeks average wages at the time).The club exhibited an OK at the 1960 Melbourne boat show, and by  the end of the 1960/61 season a total of 13 boats were either built or under construction by members.

 The first Victorian Ok championships were held by Albert Sailing Club on the lake in March 1961, with Jinx sailed by Bill Cass the winner. “Canine”. KA9, was later raced successfully as part of the ASC fleet by Peter Casdorff. This boat turned up at the Club in 1980, having been abandoned by its owner and coming apart at the seams. Deemed to be beyond a reasonable repair it was given a “Vikings Funeral”.
The second Victorian Championships were run by ASC officials at Blairgowrie (due to weed in the lake) – 1st Jinx, Bill Cass; 2nd-Peppy, Bill Larkins; 3rd Bubbamoranti, John Swift: all ASC sailors.

The Australian OK Dinghy Class Association was formed, with the Inaugural Meeting held at Albert SC  on 29th December 1962. The first OK Australian Championship for OK Dinghies was then sailed late 1962/63. It was organised by Albert Sailing Club and sailed from Royal Melbourne YS, after the Lake was deemed unsuitable due to weed.

In the mid 1960’s out of a regular fleet of all classes of 30 – 35 boats at ASC, 15 were OK’s and there were 22 on the register. These included : SALTY, Bill Larkins; CON, Bill Irwin; TEMPEST 2 John Stevens ; JINX, HEXAVATTEN, BUBBAMOANTI, CANINE, PEPPY.
Bob Coate’s article  finishes up with a quote “The OK stood out a mile, maybe it was the roach of the sail. But it looked much more masculine than any of the others … A bloke’s boat. So that was the one…” Walter Chapman May 1961.    

An update on the last 30 years from Rod Thomas

Fleets of 5 to 10 OK’s sailed in club races at ASC from 1980 until around 2000.  By this stage OKs were built in plywood, G.R.P and composite construction;  Regular club OK sailors included : Wally Chapman, Ron Parish, Mike Simpson, Gary Craig, Steve Haintz. Sean and Jamie Wilson, and John Gibson  in the 1990’s   They were joined by OK’s from other club’s, mainly from Black Rock YC, for our winter season, the annual regatta, and the big Grand Prix Regattas from 1996 – 1998. The evergreen and now class legend Bruce Ashton from BRYC has been a regular for the Annual Regatta and latter half of winter season up until 2017, and Mike Horvarth sailed in a number of club Regattas and some winter season races. The fleet dwindled in the early 2000’s. We had two or three sailing at various stages up until around 2016, with Ron Fergusson a regular in the 2014 – 2016 period, before he moved into the lighter weight and more nimble Aero 7.

OK dinghy class boats and OK sailors will always be welcome at Albert Sailing Club.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee


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Thursday Snippets, 30 July

     With no club racing or training activity possible we have a Virtual online “ASC Drinks and Chat” 4pm – 5pm on saturday 1st August. Join in at “Doug’s Virtual Bar” using the Zoom link :
Recreational sailing is possible on Albert Park Lake under specific regulations and guidelines for exercise in Melbourne. Guidelines have been posted on our club website

To participate in the Zoom chat on saturday you need a PC, laptop or smartphone with inbuilt or connected microphone and camera. When admitted to the session click on the video and audio icons.

An item belonging to Dr A Illingworth was found on the club premises Monday morning. Contact Rod via if this is yours.

Other News

A new Australian Sabre class website was launched mid July and is recommended for Sabre sailors at all levels and anyone sailing a single handed dinghy class boat. Check it out at It has been purpose-built to provide up-to-date class information with direct links to Facebook, Email Newsletter, Sabre Your Tube Videos, a Sabre Forum and Boats for Sale.

Rod Thomas 
for Albert Sailing Club committee

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Thursday Snippets, 23 July

     Hi everyone.      Very quiet for sailing in Melbourne during this current lockdown period – both in terms of sailing activity and wind strength. The odd boat out on Albert Park Lake. At the northern end of Port Philip a few Lasers out from Port Melbourne a couple of days per week and the odd Sabre from Black Rock. A few sail boarders from St Kilda, and a few keel boats from the top of the bay keel boat clubs.

Recreational sailing is possible for exercise in single handed dinghy boats if you are so inclined, now with face mask or bandana type cover if 12 years or over. Double handed boat if from same family, living at same address. Relevant government restrictions on sport from 22 July are on

The only access to Albert Sailing Club is by members taking their boat to or from the club boatyard. To do so sign in in foyer and directly proceed to boatyard. Members can use club toilets, but not changerooms or any other facilities Lock gates and doors and wipe all shared surfaces you touch.

Virtual drinks and chat for ASC members and supporters via Zoom next saturday afternoon 1st August is being organised. Details in next week’s Snippets.

Other News
Updated Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021 – 2024 apply from 1 January. A copy is to be available for download from the ISAF website. Hard copy ‘blue books’ with Rules, Appendicies and prescriptions will be available in early 2021 for $55 each. ASC members can pre-order a Waterproof (blue book) Rules book at an early bird price of $40, with delivery expected in December. Orders to Rod via by this Sunday 26th July, with payment on Invoice at a later date.

Rod Thomas
     for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 16 July

     The Winter season of club races on Albert Park Lake has been suspended due to the COVID sitation and Government Restrictions.
Recreational sailing on Albert Park Lake is still possible under COVID19 stage 3 restrictions.. Our sailing peak body Australian Sailing has on 13th July provided an update on stage 3 regulations and advice as per Main points of clarification are :
.  You can go sailing recreationally (not organised club racing/ training) in a single-handed dinghy
• You can go sailing recreationally (not organised club racing/ training) in a keel boat with a maximum of two (2) people (if they do not live with you) as long as you keep the 1.5mtr distancing
• Sailing with family members from the same house is allowed with no social distancing requirements.
• Cleaning of all equipment to take place before and after activity including participants own equipment and boats
• Cleaning of all equipment to take place before and after activity including participants own equipment and boat
• Rigging space and marina / dock separation should be maintained while ashore.
If you are coming to sail at the Lake come dressed to go sailing, as changerooms are closed. If you need to access your boat in the boatyard sign in on forms in club foyer, and proceed directly to your boat. After boat is taken from yard or returned ensure gates are locked and locks, handles and other shared surfaces touched are given a disinfectant wipe before you exit.

     The 2020 VIODA Winter training program at Albert Sailing Club for junior Optimist sailors has been paused after the 3rd sunday afternoon session on 5th July and the midweek two day training camp the previous week. The VIODA committee posted on the VIODA Facebook. “It is a difficult decision as we had just started at Albert Sailing Club but a wise decision for our community’s health.
We would like to thank ASC for welcoming VIODA sailors in the past few weeks as well as the sailors, their parents, and the coaches for respecting the processes we had to put in place at the lake.
We recommend all sailors to continue to sail as much as they can at their respective club (as long as they can) respecting clubs’ guidelines.
We (VIODA) will be closely monitoring the government’s recommendation and we hope to resume the program as soon as we can.”

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 9 July2020

   All sailing programs on Albert Park Lake and in metropolitan Melbourne were suspended from Thursday 8 July for a period at this stage of 6 weeks till mid August. This includes club racing on saturdays, VIODA Optimist winter training programs on sundays, and any training activities. The clubhouse which includes the upstairs clubrooms, and the downstairs training room, changerooms and toilets are closed to club members and visitors. There may be some midweek use by SEDA educational group students and teachers., to be confirmed.

   Based on the Government Regulations and the latest Australian Sailing advice recreational sailing, without a competitive or training component, is allowable on Albert Park Lake and other Melbourne Metropolitan venues as long as it is only with members of your household, or with one person from outside your household, and the 1.5 metre social distancing rule is adhered to at all times. Double handed dinghy sailing is ruled out until further notice and No sharing of equipment. The relevant Victorian Government Regulations and Australian Sailing advice is shown below.

   We are assuming that club members who have a club key and swipe card can access their boat in the ASC boatyard. To do so enter the boatyard by the most direct route through the club foyer. Open boatyard gates to take a boat out or to return it, and leave them closed and locked when not being used for boat movement. Any member so doing needs to enter their details on the Sign in form in the foyer and wipe down door handles, locks, pens and shared surfaces with disinfectant wipes. You would come dressed to go sailing and leave in your sailing gear.

   A restart of club sailing and clubhouse activities depends on Government announcements on easing of restrictions, not expected before mid July.

   We will keep you informed of further developments via Weekly Thursday Snippets and the club Internet website.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

As at 8 July 2020

Current Victorian Governement Stage 3 COVID19 restrictions are that ”  Community sport training and competition cannot occur within the Melbourne metropolitan area or the Shire of Mitchell. If you live in this area you cannot participate in community sport elsewhere.” further    “Outdoor sport facilities will be closed, except for facilities where people can exercise with no more than one other person or members of your household while maintaining 1.5 metres distance. Equipment should not be shared, and communal facilities cannot open.”

Australian Sailing is working with Sport and Recreation Victoria to confirm their interpretation of the stage 3 restrictions that are being reintroduced at 11.59pm Wednesday the 8th of July. A full updated framework will be available (on the Australian Sailing COVID19 website) in the coming days.

Australian Sailing’s initial interpretation of the new stage 3 restrictions are:

All club training and organised sailing must stop as of 11.59pm tonight (Wednesday 8 July)
Recreational boating my continue as long as it is with members of your household, or with one person from outside your household. However, the 1.5 meter social distancing rule must be adhered to at all times and there is to be NO sharing of equipment. So this now rules out all double handed dinghy sailing until further notice.
Informal training is NOT allowed. It is not seen as recreational boating.
Club facilities (meeting rooms, changing rooms, toilets, cafes, restaurants, canteens etc) should be closed, except for the delivery of takeaway meals and drinks.
Please note that for all clubs in Regional Victoria that sit outside the suburbs in Greater Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell. The move back to stage 3 does not effect you. There has been no change to your restrictions, so sailing may continue as per the guidelines introduced on the 22nd of June.

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Thursday Snippets, 2 July

     Saturday 4th July ASC commences a program of weekly Winter Season club races on saturday afternoons. Trophy races are scheduled for Saturdays in July in the northern half of Albert Park Lake. Races start at 2pm, with Information Session at 1.45. and the club open from 10.30am.

     There are some changes to normal club arrangements to meet COVID19 regulations and situation as it impacts our club membership. Details as at 1 July are on , and based on latest available guidelines include :
* Everyone entering the clubrooms or boatyard needs to sign in on sheets in the foyer, and assist with wiping down of shared surfaces they touch.
* Restricted to 20 people in each of two boat rigging areas at the northern and southern end of the ASC foreshore.
* Up to 20 people in the clubrooms, and 10 on the first floor decking. Toilets open. Come dressed for sailing, and leave in sailing gear.
* Reduced APYC/ASC on-water RIB presence, with between 1 and 3 RIBs, depending on conditions, and RIB crewing.
* Follow social distancing and hygiene practices. Don’t come if unwell

Arrangements will be adjusted as there are changes in Government prescriptions and with experience on changed arrangements.  

  On afternoon of sunday 5th, Week 3 of the Victorian Optimist Class winter coaching program at ASC.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 25 June

Saturday 27th recreational sailing again at Albert Sailing Club with the club open 10am – 4pm.  There will be a club Working Bee from 9.45am of so with the focus on cleaning of windows, boatyard leaves and a general cleanup of clubrooms and boatyard. Following changes in government COVID19 regulations a maximum of 20 people are now allowed in our clubrooms and up to 10 at a time on the decking.  If coming to sail the recommendations is to come dressed for sailing and to leave in your sailing gear. The club changerooms can be used if really needed, but showers are not available for use.
On sunday 28th June pm and wednesday 1st, and thursday 2nd July am and pm ASC is hosting the Victorian Optimist Association  winter coaching program. Come down to the Lake on one of these days and have a coffee from the Boatshed Cafe and watch the fleets of juniors in action.

Everyone who comes to the club to sail or as a visitor needs to sign in on sheets in the club foyer and follow social distancing, hygiene and cleaning protocols. This includes disinfectant wiping of shared surfaces in foyer, clubrooms and boatyard. 

The ASC/APYC winter club racing program on the Lake commences on Saturday 4th July with a number of Saturday afternoon stand alone trophy races at 2pm on saturdays in July. This is for single handed dinghy classes and double handed sailing classes for people in same family or juniors under 18.
A number of club single handed boats will be available for monthly lease across July If interested email Rod or Don via

Keep following Snippets for changes in program due to changes in Government COVID19 regulations.

Rod Thomas for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 18 June

The forecast is for another wintry weekend in Melbourne, with some showers Saturday morning, and light to moderate winds across the weekend. On saturday 20th Albert Sailing Club will be open 10am – 4pm for recreational sailing. On Sunday 21st the Victorian Optimist Association (VIODA) commence their winter coaching program at ASC. Over 20 Optimists from Melbourne clubs, including ASC, will be involved in coaching each Sunday afternoon till mid September. Full details of the VIODA program on A reminder that everyone who comes to the club to sail or as a visitor needs to sign in on sheets in the club foyer and follow physical hygiene and cleaning protocols. Boat rigging is in two areas at northern and southern ends of club buildings, with a limit of 20 people per area. Club toilets will be open, but changerooms and clubrooms are again closed this week.

The good news is that on Sunday 14th June the Victorian Government announced some changes in COVID19 restrictions including some in relation to community sport which take effect from 22nd June. The club committee and the club sailing committee have been considering the updated regulations and await some further advice from Australian Sailing on some sailing specific aspects. It is proposed to commence ASC/APYC winter club racing on the Lake on Saturday 4th July with a number of Saturday afternoon stand alone trophy races and then a shortened winter series. There are current restrictions, including competition of up to 20, and double handed sailing only for people in same family or juniors under 18. Changerooms and clubrooms are allowed to be opened after 22nd June if the relevant regulations are being followed. There is more work to be done on all of this, and we will provide further details next week. And of course, there will be further changes in restrictions in coming weeks which will impact what is possible.

Rod Thomas
For ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 11 June

On saturday 13th June. Albert Sailing Club will again be open 10am – 4pm for recreational sailing on Albert Park Lake. Everyone who comes down whether sailing or as a visitor needs to sign in in the club foyer and follow physical hygiene and cleaning protocols. Boat rigging in areas at northern and southern ends of club buildings, with a limit of 20 people per area. Club toilets will be open, but changerooms continue to be closed.

The Victorian Optimist Association Winter program returns to the Lake with a 12 week program on sunday afternoons at Albert Sailing Club commencing on sunday 21st June Details are being published on the VIODA Facebook.

The ASC committee met on wednesday and again had a full Agenda. A report was considered on the resumption of Albert Sailing Club following the COVID19 lockdown period. Recreational sailing commenced in late May with a few down to sail on saturdays, and also during the week. The ASC COVID19 Safe plan is in place and is being well followed. Last Friday the carpets in the upstairs clubrooms were cleaned and have come up looking and smelling good ! Planning is in progress so that when further easing of government restrictions occurs, we can move back to a club racing program and a more regular range of club activity. A letter from Australian Sailing Victoria was received which outlined their representations to the Victorian Government seeking an easing of restrictions on sailing in particular not allowing of competition sailing, dinghy class sailing in single handed boats only (except where two in same family), and restrictions on keel boat crewing. These restrictions have been lifted or have been announced to be lifted in most other States. Australian Sailing has asked for members of sailing clubs to lobby their MP’s for changes in restrictions on sailing. A letter which can be used for this purpose is being loaded onto the ASC website

Continue to get active and enjoy the winter weather.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 4 June

   Enjoy the June Long Weekend and the eased Government COVID19 stage 2 regulations.

   Recreational sailing at Albert Sailing Club on saturday 6th June. Club foyer, boatyard and toilets open from 10 – 4pm. Boat rigging in areas at northern and southern ends of club buildings, with a limit of 20 people per area. No club racing and no ASC RHIB patrol boat crew on duty. Check weather conditions before you come down.

   Victorian Optimist Association Winter program at ASC should be finalised soon. Expected to commence second half of June or early July. Details will be on VIODA and Albert Sailing Club Facebooks.

   Other News – Australian Sailing club level courses, and the latest on Albert Park Reserve Parking.

   Australian Sailing have a range of club level Instructor and Race Officer courses available over the next few months. ASC will provide financial support to members to attend. If interested check details on the online link, then contact us through

Dinghy Instructor courses at Albert Park Boatshed
Race Officer online courses
She Sails all female Club Race officer Online course Sunday 14th June 2020, 13.00-16.30
Our Club Commodore Cindy Tilbrook is registering, and would welcome involvement of other ASC female members. Contact Cindy via

   Albert Park Reserve Parking
A friendly reminder to members and visitors parking in the Albert Park Reserve to ensure that they park in a sign posted parking area and that their Parking Permits or daily tickets are current and clearly visible on their windscreen or dashboard.

Parking Enforcement Officers are checking vehicles for either a current Albert Park sports club member permit or a valid ticket purchased from a ticket machine. Parking is permitted on Aquatic Drive or approach roads, with gravel areas for unloading of boats and gear for up to 15 minutes.

For permit renewals or to purchase a new permit, please complete a 2019/2020 Sports Club Member or Junior Sportsclub Member Application Form. Current Fees and Forms available on

Completed application forms with proof of current club membership can be processed by:
1. Email –
2. Mail – Parking Administration Parks Victoria, PO Box 768, South Melbourne VIC 3205
3. In person – The office will open for processing of permits on Tuesdays and Thursdays (8am to 4pm). Press the doorbell at the front gate – Parks Victoria Albert Park Office, 23 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park buildling past the Golf Driving Range).

Proof of membership for Parking Permit is by one of two options.
1. Use of application form stamped with Albert Sailing Club stamp, available from club on Saturdays.

2. Printed Proof of Membership from your ASC Membership database profile. Login to with your email address and Wild Apricot password.
If don’t know your password, select Forgot Password and create a new Password.
After Login select your Name (in top right) and your Profile page should appear, with Membership details and Name as first two sections. Print this first page and use as proof of current membership. You can mail it in with paper application form OR scan and attach to email application.

Rod Thomas
For ASC committee

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