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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Thursday Snippets, 4 April

The published club racing program for April has been suspended. After a dry first 3 months of 2019 the water level in Albert Park Lake is currently well down on its maximum and barely suitable for boating activity.  ASC and APYC duty crews will conduct scratch races in the northern half of the lake from 2.30 on saturdays 6th and from 2pm on 13th April provided there is no further drop in water level. As per the club program there is no club sailing on 20th and 27th April, with a club working bee scheduled for am on the 27th.

For those wanting to take their boat away and sail on 6th and/or 13th April, you would be welcomed at a top of bay club such as Port Melbourne, Williamstown, Altona or Elwood. Rod Thomas plans to sail PMYC with one or two others on Saturday 6th. Ron Fergusson will be sailing his Aero at Black Rock YC in the Skiff Regatta on 6 and 7 April.

UPCOMING
     The 2019 ASC winter season which runs from May to September is due to commence on 4 May. Commencement date is dependant on an improvement in the Lake water level.
     Talent Night:  on Saturday, May 11 Following the AGM and a Pizza/Pasta dinner, join us for the inaugural ASC Talent Night .  To register your attendance and/or your Talent Act, please click here.
No junior school holiday program in April. The next program will be in September.
Details of Anzac Day Regatta at Yarrawonga Yacht Club, with camping available on-site, has been placed on their club website.

IN OTHER NEWS – The Summer/Autumn Mudpuddler newsletter was mailed out to members early this week. A copy for viewing online has been placed on www.albertsc.org.au. Well done again Naomi and Michael on editing and compiling the Newsletter.

Our ASC juniors continue to be active. Last weekend Hamish Gilsenan travelled, with 4 others from Victoria, to Gosford for the NSW Optimist titles. He won the first heat and finished 12th overall in a fleet of over 100 boats. We have a number of ASC juniors sailing in the Victorian Youth Championships at Blairgowrie on 12/13 April.

Finally, the April ASC general committee meeting is in our ASC clubrooms on Tuesday 9th April. All members welcome.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 28 March

Club sailing planned for Saturday 27th with Club race at 2.30pm and junior green fleet sessions am and pm. There is a Member Information session in clubrooms at 11am.

The Lake water level is well down. The level was just sufficient for sailing with raised centreboards last week. With no significant rain this week it won’t have improved, but hopefully has not dropped further. A final assessment of suitability and format for club race will be made middle of day Saturday. Also on Saturday the only training boats available for use will again be the club Ozi Opti, Sabres and Laser boats.

The Victorian Secondary School Championships are on at RYCV, Williamstown from 28th – 30th March. There are a number of ASC juniors competing, in particular for St Michaels. Event details on https://www.sailingyouth.org.au/vic-school-sailing/race-documents-/

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 21 March

The F1 Grand Prix infrastructure is being dismantled and so we again have access to Albert Sailing Club and the Lake. There is club sailing planned for Saturday with Club race at 2.30pm and junior green fleet sessions am and pm. The Lake water level is down and is a further 5cm lower than two weeks ago ; now at 2.40 metre above sea level at launch decking which equates to 0.8 metres depth in that area. This should just be OK for sailing and patrol boat use, with a final assessment to be made by the Race Officer at midday on Saturday. Also on Saturday the only training boats available for use are the club Ozi Opti, Sabres and Laser boats. Rain and storm water inflows are desperately needed to replenish the Lake water level. One or two further hot days without rainfall will see further deterioration in water level and see the lake become unsuitable for club sailing and powerboat use. Updates will be provided through Thursday Snippets and our club website.

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets, 7 March

The club has no sailing programmed on the 9-11 March Labour Day weekend and the following Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. On the morning of saturday 9th there will be a mini working bee at the club from 9.30. lead by Mark Snell with a number of tasks including the completion of painting of the boatyard gates. Over the long weekend there will be ASC members sailing in State Championships for Optimists at Brighton, Impulses at Altona, and other locations. Other clubs welcome visitors, Event details on class association and club websites. 
   Note that the Albert Park Reserve will be closed from 11 to 18 March, with no access to the clubrooms or boatyard over this period. 
   The Newsletter editor is seeking items for the Summer/Autumn edition of our club Mudpuddler Newsletter by 14 March. Send items to mudpuddler@albert sc.org.au 
   We hope to resume club sailing on Saturday 23rd March, but with the water level in the lake below 1.0 metres we need some rain otherwise the lake is unlikely to be suitable for sailing and operation of powerboats. Keep watching Snippets and the club website for updates.

Rod Thomas E : sailing@albertsc.org

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Thursday Snippets, 28 February

On Saturday 2nd March there is a club race starting at 2.30. From 9.30am we have the final session of the Summer Learn to Sail program, and an Optimist rigging and sailing session lead by Jon Rawlings and Hamish Gilsenan. Also a sailing committee meeting from 11am. Then on sunday morning there is a Better Sailing session for past graduates of Learn to Sail programs, with Don McKenzie.
The club has no sailing programmed on the two weekends in the middle of March, with the Labour Day weekend followed by the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. No Snippets planned for those two weeks.There will be ASC members sailing in State Championships for Optimists at Brighton, Impulses at Altona, and likely some other locations over the Labour Day weekend from 9th – 11 March, with details on class association and club websites. Note that the Albert Park Reserve will be closed from 11 to 18 March, with no access to the clubrooms or boatyard over this period.
In Other News
* The March general committee meeting is in our clubrooms on Tuesday 5th at 7.30, with all members welcome to come along.
* On the morning of saturday 9th there will be a mini working bee at the club from 9.30. lead by Mark Snell with the key task the completion of painting of the boatyard gates.
* The Newsletter editor is seeking items for the Summer/Autumn edition of our club Mudpuddler Newsletter by 13 March. Items can be on ASC events, training programs, club boats an sailing adventures away from ASC. Send items to mudpuddler@albert sc.org.au by 13th March.
We also look forward to some rain in March. January and February have been very dry. The water level in the lake has dropped to below 1.0 metres and will become unsuitable for sailing unless we have two or three good rains.

Rod Thomas
E : sailing@albertsc.org

  • This Snippets, and last week’s were prepared and published on Wednesday evening. Yet to determine why delay in email out to subscribers.
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Thursday Snippets, 21 February

There is a full program of sailing and other activities at Albert Sailing Club over 3 days from Friday 23rd February, Casual social sailing and get together with catered BBQ from late Friday afternoon into the early evening. Members, families and visitors most welcome. Summer season club race Saturday afternoon, and junior green fleet sessions am and pm. Then a social sailing day and Learn to Sail program session from 10am to 4pm on sunday.

Club training boats will be available for use by members for the Friday and Saturday sessions, with approval by a committee member on the day. Only some single handed adult and junior training boats available on sunday, due to the large Learn to Sail group.

A powerboat ‘jockey’, without powerboat licence is needed for Saturday afternoon due to a late withdrawal. Also looking for ideas and/or volunteers to assist with a picnic day on a sunday likely late March. Send an email to Rod via sailing@albertsc.org.au if you can help out with either item.

There is a large off the beach regatta at Royal Brighton Yacht Club across the weekend with a number of ASC juniors sailing in the Optimist division. Good sailing to them, and also to those sailing at the Lake.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club

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