Thursday Snippets, 20 June

On saturday 22nd June Albert Sailing Club will be open from 9.30am with a range of options for sailing on Albert Park Lake. There are two short races scheduled from 2pm as part of the ASC-APYC challenge series. There are junior training programs am and pm, and casual sailing all day. Visitors welcome to sail with us am or pm. The Lake water level has come up ‘a bit’ further this last week, but still around what it was in early March. Sailing is still with some centreboard up and aquatic weed areas to be negotiated. Launching from the jetty in front of the club or the ramp recommended. Most of the club’s single handed and double handed training boats will be available for use by club members.
There are two programs for juniors in Optimist and Minnow class boats. From 10am there is an informal session for juniors with some sailing experience in their own or a club boat. No need to register for this program. In the afternoon there is a junior Green Fleet program with a Boatshed Instructor. Sail your own boat or hire an ASC International Optimist or plastic Ozi Opti.boats. There is a need to register and make fee payment for the Green Fleet program via https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/ This link will be loaded Thursday afternoon, with a need to register by early Friday evening.
On 29/30 July weekend. Club Winter Series race at 2pm on Saturday. Social Sailing Day on sunday with club open 10am to 2pm.

Upcoming for juniors
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Then there are two July school holiday programs. On Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July, 9am to 3pm an Albert Sailing Club junior green fleet program 9am – 3pm   You can sail your own boat or hire an ASC International or plastic Ozi Optimist. Details and the registration and payment link for this program will be loaded onto the ASC wild apricot site on Friday 21st June. The second program is Albert Park Yacht Club’s Wintersail coaching regatta for juniors from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July. This program is for juniors with some experience through to green fleet and higher levels, sailing a range of single handed and double handed boats. Go to  www.apyc.org.au for details and registration links.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 13 June

The Albert Sailing Club winter season is finally going to start on Saturday 15th June, with the club open from 10am, and the first race of the Winter Series from 2pm. Then on Saturday 22nd June, there will be a couple of short races from 2pm as part of the ASC-APYC Challenge. The water level in the Lake has shown some improvement and is back to around the level it was in early March,. Sailing with some of centreboard up will be necessary, with aquatic weed to be negotiated, and launching from the jetty in front of the club or the ramp recommended. The situation will improve with more rains and storm water inflows to the Lake.

From the 15th June the club’s Pacer, Laser, Sabre, and plastic OzI Opti boats will be available for use and hire by club members, depending upon weather conditions. ASC’s Zest, Quest, and International Optimist boats will become available in coming weeks with further improvement in the condition of the Lake
The Club’s annual regatta which was scheduled for 22/23 June, was cancelled earlier in June due to the Lake conditions. As always visitors will be welcome to sail with the ASC fleet in our winter series with club races most saturdays till late September, Be aware that the condition of the Lake as at mid June is not as we would want, but will improve.

Updates on our winter sailing season, including training programs, and the condition of the Lake will continue to be provided weekly in ASC’s Thursday Snippets which is emailed to subscribers and published on Facebook and our club website.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee
sailing@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets, 6 June

No club activities at ASC over the Queens Birthday long weekend. The annual Albert Sailing Club Regatta programmed for 22 and 23 June has been cancelled due to the low water level in Albert Park Lake. Some club sailing activities may resume by then, but the water level will not have returned to a level reasonable for a Regatta event.

We are hoping that with some more rain some training and/or club racing can re-commence on 15th or 22nd June. Keep following Thursday Snippets for Updates.

ASC June committee meeting on Tuesday 11th June at 7.30 in ASC clubrooms.

UPCOMING
Information flyers have been received for national and international level events for Mirror and Laser classes in late December to MArch period..
Australian Mirror Class Championships at Paynesville on Gippsland Lakes 27 – 31 December. Flyer and details on www.facebook/MirrorVic

Laser Australian and World Championships for Open and Masters categories from January to March 2020 on Port Phillip Go to
https://www.laser2020.com/ or  download the Laser 2020 app, available from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Thursday Snippets, 30 May

Again due to low water level in the Lake no club racing or green fleet program at ASC on saturday 1st June. There will be an informal BBQ at the club at lunchtime. Has been some rain this week, but not as much in CBD and adjoining suburbs as the outer suburbs. Significant rain and water inflows are still needed to bring the Lake up to a reasonable level for club sailing.
No sailing at ASC programmed for the 8 – 10 June long weekend. There is a Winter Regatta at Sorrento Sailing & Couta Boat club for the hardy types. Hopefully with more rain over the next 2 or 3 weeks we might be back to some sailing on the Lake in the latter half of June. Stay Tuned.

regards
Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 23 May

On Saturday 25th May there is an informal lunchtime gathering with a BBQ for ASC members and friends from late morning. Also at lunchtime two of our experienced members Jaemie and Anthony and maybe some others are bringing their model sailboats down for a sail around in front of the club, with all welcome to either give it try or watch. Again there is no club sailing this weekend for dinghy classes due to the low water level in the Lake ie no club race or social sailing day. Still looking for decent rains so that we can commence our winter sailing season.

Items for the next ASC Mudpuddler Newsletter are being sought and are needed by 1st June. Send articles (short or long), photos, etc. to mudpuddler@albertsc.org.au. This will be the final issue produced by Naomi and Michael before they head off for an extended overseas trip in August. The club needs a member(s) to volunteer to take over. They have setup a slick process which includes easy to use templates, and printing and distribution arrangements. This is a good opportunity to be involved in producing an attractive and well read newsletter. Email Naomi at mudpuddler@albertsc.org.au if you are interested.

For anyone interested in buying a model sail boat of the type used by Jaemie and Anthony there is a Dreamboat Discount on the Joysway DragonForce 65 V6 RTR (Including transmitter and receiver) at newsletter@hobbywarehouse.com.au

Finally, it is Volunteer Week in Victoria and it is a good time to recognise the various volunteers that offer such good service around the club on an ongoing basis. Our club is a volunteer run club which could not operate without the people involved regularly in on water and shore based activities at the club or at home. If you are a member or a non-member who thinks they may be able to assist in the operation of the club make contact with our Commodore Cindy Tilbrook or a club committee member.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 16 May

Again no club racing or green fleet program at ASC on saturday May 18 owing to the lake’s low water level. APYC have some low key social sailing in the rowing club basin and our members with their own boat have been invited. There will also be a sausage sizzle BBQ on ASC decking at lunchtime for those coming to the club on saturday. On sunday the Hartley TS16 Association will be using the clubrooms for their annual presentation luncheon.

After some rain late last week the water level has shown an increase to a little below that when we stopped sailing altogether in early April. Still need some good rains to get to a level where our on-water program can resume . Keep following Snippet for weekly updates.

Following the club’s AGM on 11 May, the new club committee had its first meeting on Tuesday with Cindy Tilbrook, our new Commodore in the chair, and Tim Falkiner as secretary. Most committee positions were filled at the AGM. The Vice Commodore and a couple of general committee positions are vacant – speak to Cindy if you could help out by taking up one of these or assist with a non general committee role.

The Albert Park Yacht Club have their annual presentation dinner at their clubrooms on Saturday 25th. Cindy is attending. Contact her if you are interested in going and sitting on her table.

Our Mudpuddler editor is looking for photos, articles, stories or other items for the next Mudpuddler newsletter to be published in early June. Send contributions to Naomi on mudpuddler@albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 9 May

   No club sailing on Saturday 11th May as low water level means lake unsuitable for sailing.  However, we do have Annual presentation of trophies for club sailing season (5pm), ASC Annual General Meeting (5.30pm) followed by a Pizza and Pasta meal and an informal talent session which should finish by 8.30. Also from 3pm ASC model boat sailing on Lake for those with a model sailboat or interested in sailing of them.
   Members are encouraged to show their support for the club by attending and participating in the late afternoon/evening activities. The AGM will receive Commodore and Treasurer reports for 2018/19 and vote on 2019/20 committee nominations. Some proposed club constitution changes will also be voted on including a change to annual membership renewal date. 
   If coming along for meal and the talent session register on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org One link to register attendance for meal and talent session. Another link if registering a person or group for talent session. Acts can be of any type and level of skill.
 

UPCOMING

The 2019 ASC winter season will commence with a return to reasonable water level for sailing. Updates  on the club website and in Snippets. The website link for winter visitor registration will continue to be held back until we resume.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 2nd May

On Saturday 4th May, no club sailing due to low water level in Albert Park Lake. There will be a Junior Orientation session from 10am to 12 noon in the clubrooms and foreshore, followed by a Sausage Sizzle. ASC juniors with a parent encouraged to attend.
Nomination forms for 2019/20 general committee are required by 5.30pm, either handed to the club secretary earlier in the day or scanned and sent to secretary@albertsc.org.au. A number of committee members are not re-nominating and nominations are needed. Speak to a current club committee member if you could assist and/or need further information.

UPCOMING
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The commencement of the 2019 ASC winter season which runs to September has been postponed due to the low water level. With a normal level of rains in the Albert Park area in May we will hopefully be able to commence later in May. Updates will be provided on the club website and Snippets.
The website link for winter visitor registration will continue to be held back until we resume.

On saturday 11th May the ASC Annual General Meeting is at 5.30pm. All members are encouraged to attend the AGM to hear key reports and vote on committee nominations and the constitutional changes which have been emailed out with the AGM notice, The AGM will be preceded by a short presentation of trophies for 2018/19 spring and summer.

The AGM is followed by an informal Pizza and Pasta meal and an informal ASC Talent Night session. No real talent is required. Acts of all kinds are OK – signing, dancing, telling jokes, playing an instrument etc. Members, families and friends are encouraged to register your attendance for the Talent Night and hopefully a Talent Act via link on www.albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 25 April

There is a club working bee scheduled from 9.30am on saturday 27th April. No major jobs to be undertaken but plenty of smaller jobs, so all who can are encouraged to come and lend a hand. As per the club program there is no club sailing on the 27th.

UPCOMING
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The 2019 ASC winter season which runs to September is due to commence on 4 May. Due to the low water level in Albert Park Lake it is likely that the season commencement will be postponed and the website link for winter visitor registration will continue to be held back until we have some decent rains and the lake level returns to a reasonable level. Updates will be provided on the club website and Snippets.

On 4th May we have a Junior Orientation Session for ASC juniors and parents in our clubrooms and on the foreshore from 10am to 12 noon followed by a Sausage Sizzle.  On water activity is likely to be curtailed by the low lake water level situation.

On saturday 11th May the ASC Annual General Meeting is at 5.30pm. Signed nomination forms for 2019/20 general committee are required by 5pm on the 4th May. Our club secretary, assistant secretary and a number of committee members are not re-nominating and nominations for these roles are needed. Speak to a current club committee member if you could assist and need further information. All members are encouraged to attend the AGM to hear key reports and vote on committee nominations and the constitutional changes which have been emailed out with the AGM notice,

The AGM is followed by an informal Pizza and Pasta meal and the inaugural ASC Talent Night, Members, families and friends are encouraged to register your attendance for the Talent Night and hopefully a Talent Act via link on www.albertsc.org.au. The AGM will be preceded by a short presentation of trophies for 2018/19 spring and summer.

In other news
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Three ASC juniors (Philip, Tana and Hamish) sailed in a fleet of 205 Optimists from 8 countries in the 2019 NZ Oprimist championships over the Easter period. All three qualified for the top 50 gold fleet finals, Philip Cripsey finished 14th overall and 3rd of 20 Australian sailors.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 11th April

A scratch race will be conducted from 2pm on saturday 13th April provided there is no further drop in water level. Casual sailing option all day, with club Ozi Optis the only training boats available. The water level in Albert Park Lake continues to be well down on its maximum and barely suitable for boating activity.
As per the club program there is no club sailing on 20th and 27th April. There is a club working bee scheduled from 9.30am on the 27th, with all who can encouraged to come and spruce the club up before the winter season.

A number of our ASC juniors are sailing in the Victorian Youth Championships at Blairgowrie over the 13th/14th April weekend and we wish them good sailing.

UPCOMING
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The 2019 ASC winter season which runs from May to September is due to commence on 4 May. Commencement date and release of visitor registration link is dependant on an improvement in the Lake water level.
On saturday 11th May we have the ASC Annual General Meeting at 6pm, with nominations for 2019/20 general committee sought by the 4th. The AGM is followed by an informal Pizza and Pasta meal and the inaugural ASC Talent Night, Members, families and friends encouraged to register your attendance and/or your Talent Act via link on www.albertsc.org.au. The AGM will be preceded by a short presentation of trophies for 2018/19 Spring and Summer.

IN OTHER NEWS – The link to the latest Summer/Autumn Mudpuddler newsletter for Summer/Autumn has been activated on the home page of www.albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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