Thursday Snippets, 30 November

Last two saturdays of club sailing for 2023 on 2nd and 9th December, with club races at 2.30 both days.
On the 9th there is the ASC Festive Season and New Member Welcome Dinner. A catered and informal dinner with bookings required by 2nd December online via the link on the Home of www.albertsc.org.au or the list on the Galley bar in our clubrooms. This is a great opportunity for members and their families to get together for some end of the year cheer, whether active at the club in recent months or not. The social committee group have pulled arrangements together and look forward to a good turnout.

The new club members undertaking the Spring Learn to Sail course have their final two sessions on morning of saturday 2nd and afternoon of sunday 3rd. A Summer Learn to Sail course is being planned for February/March with more information on the Learn to Sail tab of the club website.

Finally, join us for our final club social sailing event for the year. with Twilight Social Sailing and BBQ on Wednesday 13 December. The clubhouse will be open from 4pm, with sailing from 5pm-7pm. Join the social group whether sailing or not on the balcony for a BBQ dinner ($10) or social drink.
Hire of a club training boat for club members, subject to approval and weather conditions on the day.
Any change in arrangements, such as cancellation due to weather, will be notified on the home page of ASC website by 7pm on the preceding day (12th).

The multi-class regatta season in Victoria is well underway. The Sail Melbourne regatta runs Thursday 30th to Sunday 3rd at Royal Beighton for Olympic classes and a number of invited classes including Tasar and junior Optimist classes. Over 150 entries including Olympians and Australian sailing team members will be in action in monohull dinghy, foiling sailboard and kite classes.
Then Australian championship events in a range of classes in the Christmas – New Year period in Victoria and interstate.
There are two laid back and less competitive regattas to mention early in the New Year. The Australia Day Regatta at Yarrawonga Yacht Club from 26th to 28th January, with option of cheap camping next to the club on the foreshore of Lake Mulwala. The 10th Inverloch Classic Dinghy (Sailing) Regatta on 17th and 18th February includes boat displays, novelty races and social events. A number of Albert Sailing Club and Albert Park Yacht Club members and their boats have featured over the years. Details on these two upcoming Regattas are on the websites of Yarrawonga and South Gippsland Yacht Clubs.
Photo below of ASC member Steve Dunn’s Impulse “Grumpy Boy” which he built in his home garage and awarded best sailing dinghy in original condition at the 2018 Inverloch Regatta.

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets 23 November

Thursday 23rd Twilight Sailing followed by BBQ at Albert Sailing Club from 5pm. Register in advance for BBQ or club boat via email to admin@albertsc.org.au
Another busy weekend on 24th and 25th November with club sailing day on saturday, including APYC-ASC Summer Series race at 2.30 from APYC, and Week 2 of Learn to Sail program all day Sunday.
Upcoming
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Saturday 9th December last club sailing day for year and Festive Season Dinner from 6pm. For catering register by 3 December, preferably online via link on www.albertsc.org.au, with list also on club galley servery.

Short break in club weekend program from mid December to early January with resumption on saturday 9th January with 3 week short race Commodore’s Series. There is a Hall Hire on Christmas Day with upstairs clubroom and decking booked for a private function from 10am to 5pm.

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au

ASC Sping Learn to Sail Week 1 on 19 November

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Thursday Snippets, 15 November

A number of key activities to mention this week
* Lake again open to boating activites from late tuesday 14th November after South East Water fixed the small sewerage spill from last thursday and gave the all clear following daily water quality testing in four parts of the Lake.
* Twilight Sailing scheduled for Thursday 16 November cancelled given  weather forecast for moderate to strong winds. Re-scheduled for Thursday 23rd November with arrangements as per cancelled date. New checkins for BBQ or member’s boat hire through club website link.
* Saturday 18th November Informal race in morning (arrive 9.30 – 9.45 for 10.30 Information Session and 11am start), and afternoon club race at 2.30. Galley service arrangements likely to be restricted.
* ASC Festive Season and New Member Welcome Dinner on saturday 9 December. The club’s social committee group has finalised and Bookings now open for this popular Annual Event. Enjoy a fantastic spit roast dinner, welcome our new members and share in some seasonal festive fun with other members and their families. Further information in the flyer attached. Make your bookings by 2 December, on the link on www.albertsc.org.au.

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets 9 November IMPORTANT UPDATE

There has been a sewerage problem in the Albert Park Reserve with the sign enclosed to this UPDATE placed on the Lake foreshore on Thursday. Boating on the Lake is  not recommended until water testing determines if there has been discharge into the Lake and whether water quality limits have been breached. We await a report from Parks Victoria and South East Water, hopefully on Friday. We will place an update on our club website www.albertsc.org.au by 6pm on Friday. This will include effects on our club sailing program over the coming days.

The link on the action from the gusty Club race on the 28th October has been updated on our You Tube site to  https://youtu.be/SGqg0Bua9xM
To improve video quality on your device click on the cogwheel on the You Tube screen and select the quality option.

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au

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Thursday Snippets, 9 November

This coming week we have a big week of club activities.
* Club sailing day on Saturday 11th November. Monthly informal morning race at 11 Partially rig own or club boat by 10, then session on sailing upwind, and briefing at 10.30. Spring club race from 2.30. A RHIB ‘jockey’ assistant is needed for a patrol boat RHIB from 1pm.

* Thursday 16th November a new initiative with Twilight Sailing and a scrumptuous BBQ. This is a new initiative by the ASC Social Committee who warmly invites members, family and friends. Email admin@albertsc.org.au by end of tuesday to register for the BBQ, and if a club member a training boat if required.
The sailing option is from 5pm to 7pm. Whether sailing or not join us on the balcony for the BBQ dinner available from 6.30 ($15 all you can eat: hamburgers, sausages, chicken skewers and salad and dessert) and a social drink. Hire of a club training boat (Zest, Pacer, Laser, or Ozi Opti) will be subject to weather conditions on the day.
Any postponement due to weather will be notified on www.albertsc.org.au by 7pm on the preceding day.
We look forward to seeing you there!
* Sunday 12th Week 1 of the Spring Learn to Sail program 9.30 to 4.30pm in club Zests.

To make the social sailing events a success, we need a pool of RHIB drivers and crew to assist with on-shore boat assistance and availability as a rescue boat driver/crew for this or future social sailing events so that we can contact the pool each time an event is scheduled and form a roster. Please email admin@albertsc.org.au to add your name to the pool, and if you can assist on the 16th. Willing helpers will receive a FREE DINNER at the Twilight BBQ as a reward.

Send Mudpuddler Newsletter items to MAddy via mudpuddler@albertsc.org,au

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au

Checkout the action from the gusty Club race on the 28th October on our club Youtube site at  https://youtu.be/dEbwDbkQods
To improve video quality on your device click on the cogwheel on your screen and select the quality option.


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Thursday Snippets, 2 November

A weekend off from organised sailing at Albert Park Lake on the “Cup Day weekend”. Given forecast likely to be some members down for a sail on one or more of the days.
Upcoming
* Saturday 11th informal morning race at 11 and club race from 2.30. Club training boats available for members from 9.30.
* Sunday 12th Week 1 of the Spring Learn to Sail program from 9.30 to 4.30pm. Late bookings may be possible till midday 3 November via www.albertsc.org.au,
*NEW The ASC Social Committee warmly invites members, family and friends to the season’s first Twilight Social Sailing and BBQ on Thursday 16th November.

The clubhouse will be open from 4pm on the 16th with sailing option from 5pm to 7pm. Join us whether sailing or not on the balcony for a BBQ dinner ($15 all you can eat: hamburgers, sausages, chicken skewers and salad and dessert) or social drink. Hire of a club training boat (Zest, Pacer, Laser, or Ozi Opti) will be subject to approval in advance and weather conditions on the day.
Any cancellation of Twilight Sailing due to weather will be notified on the home page of the asc website by 7pm on the preceding day.

Please email admin@albertsc.org.au to register your attendance for the BBQ, and for a training boat if required.
We look forward to seeing you there!

To make these social sailing events a success, we need a pool of RHIB drivers and crew to assist with on-shore boat assistance and availability as a rescue boat driver/crew for this or future social sailing events so that we can contact the pool each time an event is scheduled and form a roster.  Please email admin@albertsc.org.au to add your name to the pool, and if you can assist on the 16th. Willing helpers will receive a FREE DINNER at the Twilight BBQ as a reward.

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au




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Thursday Snippets, 26 October

On Saturday 28th there is another club sailing day with clubrooms open from 10am and Spring Series Race from 2.30 for members and visitors from other clubs. School Teams Racing in PAcers from Boatshed all morning. Parking in Aquatic Drive is likely to be tight from mid morning with State Schools Athletics championships at Lakeside Stadium and require patience in finding a park. Members with annual parking permits can park in gravel areas next to the club if no parking spaces readily available.

No club sailing programmed on the Cup Day weekend in early November.
Then Upcoming
* Saturday 11th informal morning race at 11 and club race from 2.30.
* Sunday 12th Week 1 of the Spring Learn to Sail program from 9.30 to 4.30pm.
The course is a good opportunity for adults and youth with an adult to Learn to Sail a dinghy class boat on one of the safest and most convenient waterways in Victoria. Details and Bookings on www.albertsc.org.au, with bookings closing on Wednesday 1st November.

The Discover Sailing Public Open Day on Sunday 22nd proceeded in gusty conditions that tested the experienced club members who took people out sailing on Albert Park Lake. People who came down for a sail or to find out more about the club enjoyed the morning tea and BBQ and the ambience of the clubrooms with views of the Lake and the City skyline. Well done to the members who supported the activities on water or in and around the clubrooms.

Late News – Sunday 29th LAunch of Albert Park Clubs Sporting Network 11am – 12.30 southern end of Park. Anyone local may like to attend. Contact Greg via commodore@albertsc.org.au for details.

Rod Thomas
For Albert Sailing Club

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Thursday Snippets, 19 October

Upcoming is our club’s Discover Sailing Public Open Day on sunday 22 October 10am to 3pm and the Spring Learn to Sail program from 12 November.
On Saturday 21st another ASC/APYC club race at 2.30.

The 3 day out forecast for the 21/22 October weekend is not looking promising with some strong winds being forecast. As always we need to wait and see what develops. The Discover Sailing Day will proceed, hopefully with opportunity for some club boats to get out on Albert Park Lake.  There will be Boat displays, tours of the club, some Rigging Demonstrations, Rope Tying, and club members on hand to chat to about our club and getting into dinghy sailing and sailing with our club. Also morning tea and BBQ at no cost from late morning. 

Details and registration links for the Discover Sailing Day participants and volunteers are on the Home screen of www.albertsc.org.au.
We want to gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Port Philip for our Discover Sailing Day. 

The Learn to Sail program from 12th November is for adults and adult/youth of the same family, with sailing in club Zest boats. For people with little or no experience of dinghy sailing or someone returning to sailing after a long break. Sessions on 3 sundays from 12th November, with a final session on saturday 2nd December. This is a good opportunity to learn or refresh skills and enjoyment of dinghy sailing on Albert Park Lake, a convenient and safe place to Sail.
Full details and bookings link again on the Home screen of www.albertsc.org.au. 

Rod Thomas
sailing@albertsc.org.au
for Albert Sailing Club committee and members

Photo :  Week 3 of the Girls School Term 4 tuedsay afternoon program. The girls are sailing the club’s RS Zest traing boats which will be used at the Discover Sailing Day and in the Spring Learn to Sail program.

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Thursday Snippets, 12 October

A regular club sailing day on saturday 14 October. Club open from 10.00, with Information Session in our clubrooms at 1.45 for Spring Series race from 2.30. 

Upcoming is our Discover Sailing Public Open Day on sunday 22 October 10am to 3pm and the Spring Learn to Sail program from 12 November.
* The Discover Sailing Day provides an opportunity for family and friends and the general public to try dinghy sailing and/or find out more about sailing and our club.
We have had a good response to a call out for members to volunteer to assist on the day. We could do with a few more, in particualr people who can take people out sailing on a club training boat or operate a powerboat. Details and registration links for participants and for members to vblunteer are on the Home screen of www.albertsc.org.au
* The Learn to Sail program is for adults and adult/youth of the same family, with sailing in club Zest boats. For people with little or no experience of dinghy sailing or someone returning to sailing after a long break. Sessions on 3 sundays from 12th November, with a final session on saturday 2nd December. Full details and bookings link again on the Home screen of www.albertsc.org.au.

The club’s monthly general committee meeting is on tuesday 17th at 7.30. Non-committee members welcome. Contact the Commodore or Rear Commodore if looking to attend.

Good to see the water level in Lake back up to its maximum level after the rain this month. This makes for good Spring sailing on Albert Park Lake.

Rod Thomas
Rear Commodore
for Albert Sailing Club committee
sailing@albertsc.org.au

Photo of a family enjoying a sail on the club’s Quest sailboat at a Discover Sailing Session in 2022.

 

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Thursday Snippets, 5 October

A busy program of activities on the 7th with our monthly informal short course morning race race at 11 including the Virgo ladies skippers race * ; BBQ on ASC decking at lunchtime **; APYC’s season opening Sailpast for the Spring season on the Lake at 2.15 ***, and the first Spring Series race afrom 2.30. The weather forecast is looking reasonable with southerlies rather than gusty northerlies.

Our main Upcoming is our Discover Sailing Public Open Day on sunday 22 October. Invite families and friends of members and general public with details and registration link on www.albertsc.org.au. Share the pictorial post enclosed.We also need members to volunteer to assist on the day, with registration for that also on the Home Screen of the club website.

Additionally on 7th October program 
* For the informal morning race arrive between 9.30 and 9.45 or so for rigging own boat, with a club training boat for members. Information session in clubrooms at 10.20 for the informal race at 11. Lady skippers from ASC, APYC or other clubs invited to sail 1up or 2up in the annual Virgo Ladies skippers race.
** Following the morning’s events, there will be a BBQ lunch available on the upstairs decking with the usual sausage sizzle offerings, plus homemade hamburgers ($6) for those wanting something more substantial (hamburger bun, meat patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato). The galley will still operate for those who want their usual Galley foods and drinks.
*** Information Session for Sailpast and afternoon Spring Series race at 1.30 ish at APYC. All welcome to sail or observe Sail Past in northern basin of the Lake, and then packup or sail the club race which follows on.

A reminder if using the clubrooms leave the area you were in in a tidy state and on a non-programmed day take your bin items home with you.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee and members

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