Thursday Snippets, 19 May

This week, I’m reminded of the old saying “May you live in interesting times”. We hope all our members are well, managing these unsettling times and coping with the lack of toilet paper!

Our committee has considered the COVID-19 situation and has decided that, until further restrictions are put in place, sailing will continue as per the sailing calendar. We ask that members be considerate of others and stay home if feeling unwell, if you are in a high-risk category, or have recently been overseas. Please restrict visitors to the club as much as possible, show extra care with your hygiene including washing hands regularly and avoid close physical contact with others at all times. Briefing will be conducted over the PA system so that we don’t have too many people in the clubhouse at any point of time. We will also be asking all people attending the club each Saturday to ‘sign in’ so that we have a register of those in the club each week.

There is every possibility the above measures may change and we will keep our members notified. If you wish to view the committee’s risk assessment in relation to the virus, please visit
https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/page-1779766

We have Race 8 of the Summer Championship on this Saturday with Gary Todd as OOD, followed by Summer Handicap 7 on March 28th. Weather is looking OK for Saturday and the lake is full, so we should see some good sailing. The galley will be open as usual this week but there will be no BBQ following sailing.

At this stage, our next Junior School holiday program will be on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd April. Details on ASC Facebook an ASC Wild Apricot website.

You should receive the latest Mudpuddler Newsletter within the next few days. Included in the Muddy envelope is a special Member Information Brochure providing information in relation to the proposal to unify with APYC, which will be voted on by members at a Special General Meeting on May 16th following our AGM on that same date. This is an important document for all club members so please take the time to read it. We have a joint information session with APYC on Saturday 4 April at 11.30 a.m. followed by further ASC discussions after sailing on that same day. All members are encouraged to attend these sessions if at all possible to have any questions answered or to raise any issues or concerns. All of these dates may change subject to developments in the Corona Virus situation.

Cindy Tilbrook, Commodore (in Rod’s absence who is off sailing in the Laser Masters event)



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Thursday Snippets, 5 March

For the March long weekend there is no organised club sailing at ASC, but there are a few people planning on being at club and on the water on saturday 7th from 10am to early afternoon. Any queries on this to Don McKenzie.
There are a number of members sailing in championships over the next week or so including : Aeros at Mt Martha, Optimists at Sorrento, Impulse at Portarlington, Lasers at Geelong, and at the Marley Point overnight race for trailable boats on the Gippsland Lakes.
The next ASC sailing days will be on saturday 21st and 28th March. With the F1 Grand Prix lockdown there wil lbe no access to the Albert Park Reserve for a week from midnight Monday 9th. A junior school holiday program has been ‘pencilled in’ for 3rd and 4th April, subject to demand. If interested in school holiday program send an email to training@albertsc.org.au by 10th March to register interest .

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 27 February

The next ASC club sailing day is on saturday 29th February, then a break to the next on saturday 21st March. In the afternoon of 29th there is club race (at 2.30), and junior green fleet and youth development programs. Due to Grand Prix preparations the only vehicular access to the Albert Park Reserve is via the steel gates off Albert Road (at end of Clarendon Street). Car parking in Aquatic Drive behind ASC or in Albert Road.
The Park will be totally closed for the Grand Prix from Monday 9th to Monday 17th March, with no access to ASC in this period.

UPCOMING
28th Feb to 1 March. Williamstown – Seaport Festival Three tall ships, maritime displays and entertainment.

7th to 9th March. Geelong Wooden Boats Festival with Parade of Sail, lots of wooden boats big and small, maritime displays and entertainment,

Next Snippets is planned for mid March,

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 20 February

Another full weekend on saturday 22nd and sunday 23rd, with good prospects for weather and for Lake conditions following recent rains. Club members, whether sailing or not, are encouraged to come on saturday for the monthly informal Commodore’s chat at 12 noon with the main topic progress on club Unification and the motions for unification being prepared for a Special General Meeting in May.
* On saturday there is a club race from 2.30, and afternoon programs for junior Green Fleet in Ozi Optis and junior Youth Development program in Pacers. The club opens by 10am and there is Victorian Schools Team races from the Boatshed 8.30 to 11.30. BBQ at ASC after sailing.
* On sunday 23rd there is the monthly Social Sailing Day from 10am to 3pm. Sail your own boat or a club adult, family or junior boat and/or relax with your lunch on the club balcony.

The club’s Autumn Mudpuddler Newsletter is being compiled with final submissions to the editor via mudpuddler@albertsc.org.au on or before Friday 21st.

Upcoming
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Albert Park and Albert Sailing Club members have been invited to attend the Paynesville Wooden Boat Rally 2020  Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March. A number of Albert Park Yacht Club members are taking down their 100+  years old Acrospire 2 to sail throughout the weekend on the Gippsland Lakes. Members from both clubs have been invited to take up a rare opportunity to jump on board and have a sail in this classic yacht from the 1800’s on the Gippsland Lakes. Further information contact  Graeme Cox 0417 426 762 or Paul Taig 0402 543 095

Also there is a Williamtown Seaport Festival in Williamstown from Friday 28th February to Wednesday 4th March. Tall Ships (including James Craig, Young Endeavour, Enterprize), Classic Yachts, Discover Sailing sessions, Maritime displays, farmers markets, and entertainment. Details on       https://www.williamstownseaportfestival.com.au/

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 13 February

On Saturday 15th February we return to Summer Season sailing on the Lake. As at midweek a moderate SSW wind is being predicted. We have improved Lake conditions with the Lake level up from mid January with only a small amount of centreboard up now required, and boat launching from the wooden decking. On saturday inn the morning there is a Better Sailing session from 9.30. In the afternoon club racing from 2.30, another Green Fleet program session for juniors 8 to 12 years and an Albert Park Youth Development program session in Pacers for juniors 12 to 17 years, in both cases for juniors graduating from Learn to Sail and Tackers programs.
Saturday 22nd there will be an informal Commodore’s chat at lunchtime with the main topic work in progress for a Special General Meeting in May on Unification motions with a Q&A. Club Summer series race and junior programs in the afternoon.
The club’s Autumn Mudpuddler Newsletter is being compiled Please forward event reports, articles, photos, etc. to our editor via mudpuddler@albertsc.org.au. by Wednesday 19th.
The Top of the Bay regatta scheduled for saturday 8th February at Altona had to be cancelled due to the strong winds on Port Phillip. ASC and APYC were joint organisers for this year’s Regatta. Thanks to those who volunteered to assist and a big thanks to our Rear Commodore Steve Dunn who put in a significant effort in organisation of the event. As is usually the case the winds at the Lake were moderate to strong, rather than strong, and there were some good numbers out sailing in junior programs morning and afternoon as shown in this week’s Post and photo on our club Facebook site.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 6 February

On Saturday 8th February there will be a couple of training programs and some casual social sailing at Albert Sailing Club. Week 2 of the Better Sailing program from 9.30 and the Junior Green Fleet program from 1.30. Registrations for both are still open with details and registration on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/ , with a need for final numbers  Thursday evening. The club will be open for casual sailing from 9.30am to around 2pm or a little later. The programmed club racing is the Top of the Bay regatta on Saturday afternoon at Altona Yacht Club, with boats from Albert Park Lake sailing in dinghy, trailer sailer Regatta divisions. For those travelling to Altona the Millers Road exit from the West Gat Freeway is currently closed. Further Regatta details and entry form on www.albertsc.org.au Contact our Rear Commodore Steve Dunn if you have a Regatta question or can assist in an onshore or onwater Regatta role.

In the following week we have a Club Committee meeting at our clubrooms at 7.30 on Monday 10th, then club summer seson continues with club race and other programs on Saturday 15th.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 30 January

A busy weekend at ASC on the 1st and 2nd February weekend.
On Saturday the club will be open from 10am.  Club race from 2.30, and junior Term 1 Green fleet program 1.30 to 4pm, with option to participate as a one off try out before committing to the other 4 weeks of the program. There will be a BBQ sausage sizzle on ASC deck after sailing on saturday.
On sunday morning week 1 of a Better Sailing program of two half days. Also casual sailing for club members sunday morning with option to bring friends, and/or use a club Pacer or single handed adult or junior boat.
Details and Registration link for junior Green Fleet and Better Sailing programs on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/ Registrations for both by end of Thursday.

On Saturday 8th February, Top of the Bay Interclub Challenge for top of bay dinghy sailing clubs at Altona YC. A good chance to sail on the bay. Details and Registration Form on www.albertsc.org.au. We need some club sailors to enter and sail the event. Also need a couple of people to volunteer to go out on Port Phillip for the start boat or patrol boat on the Saturday afternoon, and a couple of people to assist onshore – ideally people not wanting to sail. Contact our Rear Commodore Steve Dunn (rearcommodore@albertsc.org.au) with completed entry Registration Forms and indications of availability as a volunteer.

The club has received notice of Information Sessions on the Government Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme on a number of weekday mornings. Contact commodore@albertsc.org.au if you can support the club in this area and may be able to attend.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Snippets – special edition 26 January 2020

It is with great sadness that I send this special Snippets to advise you of the peaceful passing away of Sandy Smith on Jan 23rd at the Epworth Hospital.

Sandy is the wife of John Smith, former Commodore of the Albert Sailing Club.  Sandy and John were active club members for many years and will be remembered fondly by their former Mirror sailing companions and many of our other sailors and club members.

A gathering to remember Sandy’s life will be held this Thursday 30th January 2020 at 11 a.m., Chateau Wyuna, 170 Swansea Road, Mount Evelyn.  Parking is available.  All are welcome to join John and the family immediately afterwards for a drink at the same location to bid a final ‘Cheers’ to Sandy.

At the wishes of the Family, should you wish to offer an expression of love, memory cards and donation envelopes to NFP Eastern Palliative Care will be available at the service in lieu of flowers.

Sandy will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with John, Peta and Craig at this time.

Cindy Tilbrook

Commodore, Albert Sailing Club.

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Thursday Snippets, 22 January

Some good rains this week have increased the water level in Albert Park Lake, and we look forward to further rains to improve conditions for sailing.
On the Australia Day long weekend no programmed sailing at the Lake.
A busy weekend at ASC on the following 1/2 February weekend. On Saturday 1st February, ASC/APYC Summer Season series resumes with club race from 2.30. Also commencement of the junior Term 1 Green fleet program 1.30 to 4pm which is being conducted on the 5 saturdays in February. A Better Sailing program has been scheduled for mornings of sunday 2nd and Saturday 8th February. The Better Sailing program is directed at people who have completed a Learn to Sail program or some ‘green fleet’ sailing and want to improve their sailing skills. Details and Registration link for the junior Green Fleet and Better Sailing programs can be found on https://albertsailingclub.wildapricot.org/ The Summer Learn to Sail scheduled to commence on sunday 2nd February has been postponed to dates in Autumn to be confirmed.
On Saturday 8th February, Top of the Bay Interclub Challenge at Altona YC. A good chance to sail on the bay. Details and Registration Form on www.albertsc.org.au. We also need 3 or so to volunteer to go out on Port Phillip for the start boat or patrol boat on the Saturday afternoon. Contact our Rear Commodore Steve Dunn (rearcommodore@albertsc.org.au) with completed entry Registration Forms and indications of availability as a volunteer.

Other sailing events on the Australia Day long weekend 25/26/27 January.
* Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta at the South Gippsland Yacht Club at Inverloch with the main day on sunday.
*McCrae annual regatta for sailing dinghy classes on the Mornington Peninsula with at least a couple of ASC Impulses entered.
* Festival of Sails at Geelong. Mainly keel boat regatta with onshore festival activities.
* Australian BloKart Championships at Casey Fields, Cranbourne. See the action of land sailing buggies. Say hi to ASC’s ex-Commodore, Mick Ralph who is down from Queensland for the event.

The next quarterly club Mudpuddler Newsletter is being compiled in February. The editor needs your articles, photos, puzzles and other items of interest in the next couple of weeks.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee

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Thursday Snippets, 16th January

Next sailing day at Albert Sailing Club is on Saturday 18th January with club open from 10am and Commodore Series 2 short races from 2.30. The Lake water level is down to below 1 metre, so sailing is with centreboards raised, and launching best via the ramp and jetty in front of ASC or the floating pontoon in front of APYC. We need more rain like that of wednesday evening, with some more predicted for the coming week.
A couple of our juniors are sailing in major regattas this weekend. Hamish is sailing in the Laser 4.7 fleet contesting the 240 boat+ Melbourne International Regatta being hosted by Royal Brighton and Sandringham Yacht Clubs. Nigel is sailing a junior Open Skiff (ex- Open Bic) in the national titles at Mordialloc Sailing Club.
Upcoming
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Australia Day long weekend 25/26/27 January.
* No programmed sailing at the Lake.
* Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta with one or more ASC boats involved in shore based displays and some low key races in the Inverloch Inlet. Main day on the sunday.
* Festival of Sails at Geelong, this year mainly keel boat regatta with onshore festival activities.
* Australian BloKart Championships at Casey Fields, Cranbourne. ASC’s Mick Ralph is bringing his land sailing blokart to Melbourne for the nationals. Something different with plenty of action.

Saturday 1 February, ASC/APYC Summer Season series resumes. Also commencement of junior Green fleet program on Saturdays 1.30 to 4pm and summer Learn to Sail on sunday 2nd, with details on www.albertsc.org.au.

Saturday 8 February, Top of the Bay Interclub Challenge at Altona Y, with details on club wesite. No club racing on the Lake that weekend.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee

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