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 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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Thursday Snippets, 14th February

On Saturday 16th the club’s summer sailing season resumes. There is a Summer Learn to Sail program session in the morning, and junior Green Fleet sessions am and pm. In the afternoon there is a Summer Series club race from 2.30pm. Some of our juniors are sailing in the Snapper Point Regatta at Mornington on Saturday and Sunday.

Last weekend saw all sailing on Port Phillip cancelled on saturday due to gale wind warnings, which included the Top of Bay regatta at Port Melbourne and state titles for Sabre an Laser classes. Sunday then had ideal conditions which worked well for the second session of the adult Learn to Sail program and the various state titles.

On Friday 22nd February there is another casual social get together at ASC, with sailing option in your own boat or for members in a club training boat. The club will be open from around 4pm, with BBQ dinner food and drinks on club decking overlooking the Lake from 6/6.30. Sailing and non sailing club members and visitors welcome.

Planning is commencing for an ASC Picnic Day for all ASC members, families and friends on sunday 31st March. Speak to Rod Thomas or send an email to him via with ideas for activities or an offer to help out with organising the Picnic Day.

The F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park is on 16/17 March. Parks Victoria have advised that people driving into the Albert Park Reserve travelling in from southern suburbs should note that Lakeside Drive, which runs down the eastern side of the Lake, will be closed on weekends and non-peak times on weekdays from mid February till end of April


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Thursday Snippets, 7 February

Plenty on this coming weekend. Friday from late afternoon there is a social get together at ASC, with sailing option where you have a boat. BBQ dinner food and drinks on club decking overlooking the Lake from late afternoon.  On Saturday 9th there is a Regatta for Top of the Bay clubs at Port Melbourne, with boats rigged late morning and Regatta race from 2pm. Notice of Race on ASC website. There is a group of boats from ASC sailing the event, and would welcome a few more to make up a club team of 10 boats.
At ASC there is no club race on 9th, but still plenty of activity. Mark Snell is continuing with painting of boatyard gates from 9.30am and is looking for 4 or 5 people suitably attired to to assist with the task. There is morning and afternoon junior green fleet programs, and some other juniors down for casual sailing on the Lake., as might some other members in the afternoon. On sunday our adult Learn to Sail group has an all day session from 9.30. On sunday the St Kilda Festival takes over in St Kilda, such that anyone coming down to the Lake from the South is best to come down Nepean Highway and Punt Road, as the Esplanade and Fitzroy street areas will be closed off to traffic.

The club’s next programmed sailing day on the Lake is on Saturday 16th with training programs in the morning and club racing with social sailing option in the afternoon.

Rod Thomas
for ASC Committee

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Thursday Snippets, 31 January

After a few hot days this week the forecasts look good for a classic Melbourne day for sailing at ASC on Saturday 2nd with an afternoon sea breeze and maximum of around 30. There is a full program on saturday. In the morning the Summer Learn to Sail and junior Green Fleet programs commence, and there is a Try a junior Optimist session. Then club Summer Series race at 2.30 and an afternoon junior green fleet session. Club training boats available for member hire in the afternoon.

February and March is going to be a busy period in the Albert Park Reserve. On Saturday 2nd and 3rd February there is Victorian Little Athletics championships for field events at Lakeside Stadium behind the club. Car parking behind the club may become tight late morning/early afternoon. There will be parking turnover. If there are no roadside parks, and you have an annual parking permit, you can park on the gravel areas either side of the club. Otherwise we will try to purchase some spaces behind the club and put out bollards to indicate. On Sunday February 3rd and 10th there will be St Kilda Festival events in Fitzroy Street past the southern end of the Lake.

Saturday 9th February, the annual Top of the Bay Regatta at Port Melbourne, with notice of race on ASC website, and no club racing or supervised sailing at ASC.

Tuesday 5th February ASC committee meeting in clubrooms from 7.30. The club treasurer has advised that the Paypal gateway for payment of ASC Invoices has finally been restored after problems last few weeks.

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Thursday Snippets, 24 January

On the Australia Day weekend ASC has a social sailing day on sunday 27th from 10am to 3pm or so, for members with own boat or using a club training boat. Saturday 26th there may be some members down, but no one specifically rostered to open up and supervise. For anyone wanting some racing away from ASC on the weekend there are regattas at McCrae (including Laser and Impulse class events, Geelong (Festival of Sails), Inverloch (wooden boats), and Yarrawonga.

On Thursday 24th there is Race Melbourne Cycling event around the Grand Prix roads in the late afternoon, with all roads in the Albert Park Reserve closed from 11am to 11pm.  Parks Victoria have advised that the summer harvest of aquatic vegetation in the Lake will commence from 29 January and continue to end of February. The harvester will start at southern end of Lake and work north. As always it will be interesting to see extent of harvesting and areas targetted..


On Saturday 2nd February the club has a full program.
Week one of the Summer Learn to Sail program from 9.30am
Junior Term 1 Green Fleet am and pm programs, with a Try a Club Optimist for juniors from 10.15.
Then club’s Summer season resumes, with club race from 2.30pm.

On Saturday 9th February the annual Regatta for Top of the Bay clubs will be sailed at Port Melbourne YC. Entries required by 12.30 on the day, with no entry fee for members of participating clubs including ASC. ASC members looking for a sail on the Bay are encouraged to participate. Notice of Race on ASC club website. Speak to a flag officer or committee member if you need further details or assistance.

More details on programs and registration for training programs on

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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Thursday Snippets 17 January 2019

On Saturday we have the second in the Commodore’s series. This is short course racing.

Last week we had 3 races each of 3 laps in conditions that turned out to be more difficult than expected. But once on the plane, it was sure a lot of fun and exhilarating.

Forecast for Saturday is 23 degrees with a light SSW breeze.
There is a 3-day green fleet program starting on Monday 21st of January still open for enrolments. Go to for more information and to enrol.

Finally, come to the club Friday afternoon and evening on 18 January for a social sail and BBQ. Expecting warm weather and S/SW winds. Great chance to catch up and meet new people.

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Thursday Snippets 10 January 2019

Racing resumes this week with Commodore Series 1. This is a two part series comprising a number of short course races each day. Indications are for a beautiful day of around 28 degrees and afternoon SSW breeze of around 12Kn. Our commodore is looking forward to a big attendance for our first week back racing in what will hopefully be ideal sailing weather on the lake.

There will be ASC junior school holiday programs in the weeks beginning 14th and 20th January. Information and registration is available via

There will also be informal social sailing and get together on the evening of Friday 18 January. If you can make it, perhaps let Cindy Tilbrook know with an email to

Finally, on 26 January 2019, South Gippsland Yacht Club is holding its annual wooden boats regatta. This was won last year by Steve Dunn. For more information and entry form, go to

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Thursday Snippets, 3 January 2019

Happy New Year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the club.

Over the break, the club secured a grant for a new RS Quest. This is the bigger brother of the Zest. The boat has been delivered and is currently being set up for use in the near future. As well, the club received a donation of two International Optimists and purchased a third. These will be made available primarily for junior sailors wishing to progress from the plastic Ozi Optis to a boat with better performance.

We believe these boats will assist our sailors develop there skills and also, in the case of the Quest, allow larger groups to try sailing.

On Saturday 5th January, ASC will be open from 10am. But there will be no ASC racing. For those who do wish to race, APYC has short course racing from 2.30 to which ASC sailors have been invited to participate.

ASC summer season sailing commences on Saturday 12th January 2019.

ASC junior school holiday programs will be run in the weeks beginning 14th and 20th January. Information and Registration via

Following on from the successful Friday night social sailing in November, it is proposed to hold another Friday night session on 18 January. More details will be provided in snippets next week.

Happy New Year

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Thursday Snippets, 13 December

On Wednesday 19th December Albert Sailing Club has Pre-Christmas Twilight sailing from 5pm. This is the club’s last scheduled activity for 2019. Club open from 4pm. Casual sailing, with option of informal short race at 6.15. Invite for members, family and friends, and ex members to join us for a sail and/or BBQ and drinks on the club decking.

Saturday 15th December no scheduled ASC club sailing, but provided weather is OK there will be people down for some casual social sailing from mid morning to mid afternoon. There is a junior relay athletics meeting on at Lakeside Stadium all of Saturday so parking behind club is likely to be tight. Members with an annual Parks Victoria paking permit can park on gravel areas either side of club, if no parking available on road behind ASC.

Victoria’s largest sailing regatta is on a Royal Brighton from Thursday 13th to Sunday 15th December. Those who who want go racing on Saturday, can try Williamstown and Albert Sailing Club.

Albert Summer sailing season of club races re-commences on Saturday 12th January. There is a couple of 3 day junior school holiday programs in January, and the Term 1 junior Green Fleet programs on Saturday 2nd February. Details and registration now open for the junior programs on The Summer Learn to Sail program commences on Saturday 2nd February with details on On the Australia Day weekend Yarrawonga Yacht Club has its annual regatta on Lake Mulwala. Cindy Tilbrook is travelling up to be the Race Officer for the weekend. Some other ASC members have participated in past years and reported on a good laid back regatta.

This is the final Snippets for 2019. Have a good holiday season over the next few weeks. Enjoy your sailing if you are sailing at Albert Park Lake over the holiday period or taking your boat away to sail another inland waters or salt water venue. There are a number of ASC families travelling to Hobart for the Optimist class nationals and the Wilson family to Sydney for the Mirror class world titles, and we wish them well in these events.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee

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Thursday Snippets, 6 December

On Saturday 8th we have final club race for 2019. Briefing at APYC at 1.45 for division starts from 2.30. Club training boats available to Learn to Sail program participants, junior Green Fleet sailors and broader membership for casual sailing in morning and club race or social sailing in the afternoon. Drinks in clubhouse and on decking after racing followed by informal Christmas breakup. BYO main course food with BBQ available. Bring a salad to share if you can. The club will provide dessert. Be prepared for some communal Christmas singing lead by the Commodore and enjoy some Christmas cheer.

ASC’s latest quarterly Mudpuddler Newsletter has been posted online and can be viewed on

11 December ASC general committee meeting at 7.30 in ASC clubrooms
19 December Pre-Christmas Twilight sailing from 5pm, with short race at 6.15 for those interested and BBQ on decking after sailing.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee

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