Welcome back to all our members for another scintillating message of news, events and upcoming opportunities for us to be involved in.

Our Club night on 22 September was again held on Zoom. Our guest speakers for the evening were Jane Howard and Lindy Marlow from the Williamstown St Ayles Skiff Thursday. Jane and Lindy presented the build of Thursday and the current and future intention of their club to grow and thrive in the coastal rowing group of Australian St Ayles skiffs.

As with most new organisations recently formed they have been subjected to Covid restrictions which have impacted on their growth of a membership base, resulting in financial stress. When we are able to get together again WBA has invited Coastal Rowing Williamstown to bring their skiff to Albert Park where our members can have the opportunity to try rowing the Iain Oughtred designed skiff.

To assist Coastal Rowing Williamstown, WBA is providing $500 to go towards their public liability insurance as a one-off donation. This also will give them the time to build their member base. You can watch their presentation in the Articles > 2021 section of the WBA website.

As our state powers on towards opening up again (based on the 80% fully vaccinated requirement) we as a club will be following the government and health advice as it becomes available. We have a duty of care to members, family and their wellbeing which to fulfil we all need to wherever possible become double vaccinated. While our activities are mainly distanced there will be occasions for a group gathering, such as the Christmas party, and as our club is largely part of the vulnerable group any step we take to protect all members needs to be considered.

We still don’t know what easing of restrictions are going to be made in the short term so our plans for sailing day and our Mallacoota get away are unsure... hope for an early lifting of restrictions! We will be monitoring the situation and will communicate by email of any changes before the events.

Albert Park Yacht Club is celebrating its 150th year, and have invited us to take part in their sail past on Sunday 26 February. If you would like to be involved, please register your boat at https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=805052&

It is expected that the Alma Doepel will return to the water in the middle of October. Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions the live celebrations planned around the lift cannot take place. You will, however, be able to watch the return to the water via a livestream that will be available on their website, www.almadoepel.com.au. The exact date for the lift is not yet determined, but the details will be announced on the Alma Doepel website, so please check in there from time to time.

Join us at 7:30pm on Wednesday 20 October for our Club Night (to be held via Zoom) where we can chat about our post-lockdown boating plans! Which bit of water will you head to first? What have you missed most about not being able to go boating together?

If you plan to be at Mallacoota for the November ‘weekend’ away, this is a good chance to catch up with others who will be there too. OOD Andrew Campbell will be attending, with more details of the proposed activities and he is happy to answer any queries regarding our visit. You can join the Zoom meeting on Wednesday 20th October at 7:30pm at https://bit.ly/3DrTlpr

When you next visit the WBA website, check out the gallery of Member’s boats, which is now active. If your boat hasn’t been added yet, send the details and a photo or two through to shavings@woodenboat.asn.au.

Let us know what projects you have been working on in lockdown, as an article for Shavings... we need to hear from you. You can send your contributions through to shavings@woodenboat.as.au

Stay happy, Chris.

Call for Contributions

Have you recently had a great day on the water, voyaged from A to B successfully, or completed a small project such as a locker lid or new spar? Our members would love to hear about it!.

Please send a short paragraph and a picture to the Shavings Editor, preferably by email to shavings@woodenboat.asn.au, so that we can include your account in Shavings.

We also encourage members to share their achievements and experiences at club nights. Bring along photos, drawings or examples and feel welcome to talk about these as part of the meeting.

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