Thursday Snippets, 23 April

Hello fellow locked down sailors. No sailing and no club working bee on the Anzac Day weekend. The Winter series programmed to commence on saturday 2nd May has been postponed until Government Restrictions allow club operations to re-commence.

On saturday 25th April we do have :
* The Albert Park non sailing series Heat 3 at 2pm. You can still join the fun by visiting http://albertsc.org.au/index.php/racing/social-sailing1/.  
* A Virtual online “After sailing ASC Drinks and Chat” at 4pm using ASC’s Zoom software facility. All welcome to join in at “Doug’s Virtual Bar” or on our “Virtual club decking”. To participate you need  a PC or laptop with inbuilt microphone and camera or have a mini microphone/camera connected to your PC. You then need to send an email indicating you wish to attend to Rod via training@albertsc.org.au. You will be sent an email with a meeting link which you click at 4pm saturday and ‘whala’ you join the catchup meet.

Additional items of interest expanded below :
* AGM email and notices sent to members on 22 April
** Corona Series Race 2 Report
*** Current Albert Park Reserve Parking Permits and Arrangements  
**** Latest Marine Safety Victoria and Victorian Chief Health Office Advice on Boating Restrictions

Members and Non Member News items are being sought for upcoming weekly Snippets and the next quarterly Mudpuddler Newsletter. Send contributions to me via training@albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee
Annual General Meeting email and notices

* Notice of our AGM on saturday 16th May and links to Committee Nomination form and 2019/20 Committee Reports was sent to members via email from the Albert Sailing Club mailbox on wednesday 22nd April.  If you are a member and have not seen it in your Inbox, can you check your email Junk or Promotion tabs to see whether it was received there.  If not you can contact Cindy via commodore@albertsc.org.au to organise a resend of the email.  

** Albert Park Non-Sailing Corona Series Race 2 Report
Race 2 of the Non-Sailing Corona Series was an exciting race with the Race Officer needing to look up the scoring rules due to a 3-way tie for 4th place.  Our ASC junior Noah thrived in the lighter conditions. Noah romped home in 8 minutes with no capsizes (incorrect answers) to take out the race, hotly followed at 4 minute intervals by Rob (of the famous Pulham APYC clan) and Geoff, our visitor from South Gippsland.  A number of the other sailors got caught up trying to sort out their standing from their running rigging, thus incurring penalties,   ASC’s Rear Commodore Steve Dunn managed to get around the course with no capsizes but, having forgotten to sign on missed the start, hence taking out the wooden spoon. Sailors are having to decide between going for speed or trying not to capsize (i.e. zero incorrect answers), and it may take the entire series to determine which strategy works best.You can still join the fun by visiting http://albertsc.org.au/index.php/racing/social-sailing1/.  But be warned, you will need to be ready to race by 2 p.m. sharp each Saturday if you want a chance of taking out the series prize (as yet, undetermined). 

*** Current Albert Park Reserve Parking Permits and Arrangements
As per email from Parks Victoria on 20 April. ” The Victorian Government has restricted sporting, cultural, recreational and commercial activities to minimise the risk of people being in close contact with each other, so we can slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage everyone to follow the health advice provided by the Department of Health and Human Services www.dhhs.vic.gov.au Albert Park Reserve remains accessible for locals to exercise if physical distancing directions are strictly followed. Parking fees still apply to all car parks and kerbside parking spaces within Albert Park. Time restrictions and ticket requirements are shown on parking signs within the park. Given these exceptional times, we have advised the Parking Officers to apply leniency when conducting patrols. Unfortunately we are unable to process renewals for expired Sports Club parking permits due to the current restrictions in place by the Victorian Government. Permit applications can be processed after restrictions are lifted (ie eased and sailing club operations can re-commence). Club members with expired permits will need to purchase a ticket from the “Pay-and-Display” ticket machines in the park. Permit conditions specify that Sports Club parking permits may only be used for parking within the vicinity of your club whilst attending to your clubs’ activities. However, during the current restriction period, we are willing to provide some flexibility on this permit condition.”
Any updates will be forwarded in a future Snippets. 

**** Latest Marine Safety Victoria Advice on current Boating Restrictions on their websiteResponse to boating queries about COVID-19 Updated: 21 AprilThe Chief Health Officer has provided advice that canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing and surf skiing are permitted, as long as physical distancing is complied with and people don’t travel large distances to do them.Recreational fishing and boating are not permitted.Read more about recreational boating restrictions and the exemption for commercial operations on the Better Boating Victoria website.

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