OK we seem to have survived COVID lockdown and restrictions are now easing, so we go into the next phase of our "new normal", social distancing is still required and gatherings of up to 20 people are now allowed.
During breaks from my boat building at docklands I have observed more activity on the water with kayakers and boaters appearing more frequently. We are still not able to safely utilise the APYC facilities but we will keep you informed of developments as restrictions change.
Our Annual General Meeting which is usually held in late July is currently under review and again, we will advise whether we will postpone or make other arrangements (perhaps a "Zoom" meeting), depending upon restrictions at the time. This is also being monitored and will be advised to you.
Your committee held a Zoom meeting last week which was a success and it was suggested that we have an on water get together later this month so, .....
Expressions of Interest required in attending a boating trip on the Yarra or Maribyrnong River on Sunday 28 June
Restrictions will apply ... only family members in each boat.
Please let me know if you are interested on 0438519033 . A decision on " go / no go" will be made by Wednesday 24 June and communicated to those who have responded to the EOI.
Keep on doing what you are doing , stay safe and well and we will be on the water soon.
An eventful month and one which will be in our minds for the future ... this is the month that the term " new normal" caught on along with "flattening the curve".
The COVID 19 virus is serious and we as the committee have to take it seriously to ensure that ALL our members stay safe and here to enjoy the WBA activities when we are advised that it is safe to do so.
We have had to take the action of cancelling all club night programs for the foreseeable future and our "away " from APYC sailing events will be re-evaluated in accordance with risk assessment prior to each event (providing we can maintain "social distancing", our trip on the Yarra may proceed if we don't have a lockdown. . . we will see).
In the meantime "Shavings" will continue to be distributed each month and there will also be email supplements to keep you all informed, amused and involved in the activities of the individual members. So, now we need input from you to share whether it be a project, an event you have been to or innovative ways to outwit the hoarders and overcome any shortages we have all experienced. Please send these to myself for distribution (email@example.com).
Our club night was attended by 20 eager people to learn more of our second river the Maribyrnong, aboard the Blackbird and captained by Peter Somerville on the upstream leg and Warwick on the downstream leg. Both were very informative showing a passion for the river and its history.
We enjoyed a meal after the trip at the Station Hotel and left replete. Thank you to Graham Signorini for arranging the evening.
The following Sunday was a row, paddle day at Andrew Cohen's at Patterson Lakes. Although the weather was not promising in the morning, Penny and Jim arrived with kayaks, Jack Ellis also with a kayak and myself with a rowing skiff. Steven Taylor also arrived to participate and he enjoyed a paddle in one of the kayaks – the first time he had been in one since high school! Andrew found a location for his BBQ out of the wind and produced a feast for the hungry throng. Again, thanks to Andrew for hosting the day and being chef.
Please everyone stay safe and we will look forward to catching up when we are able.
Early in 2019, as I took Rufus out for a sail, I began planning to take her to the Gippsland Lakes for a couple of weeks. I realised that if I wanted to visit some old haunts along the shores of Lake Victoria or the Bunga Arm, it would be easier to anchor off shore rather than run onto the beach. Pushing Rufus off was not a task I relished. So, I started to think of using a tender.
There was a stage in my search for different small boat types that I was interested in designs with twin hulls (maybe I still am?), and I came across the Numbat.
This is the President's report when we have had no meetings or activities!
We are now into week six of lockdown and from the emails received we seem to be applying ourselves to the situation reasonably well. Some are continuing with projects...
David Stott’s veteran car refurbishment is uninterrupted by other activities away from home, although he did say that he looks forward to going to the shop so he can dress up!
David O'Dempsey... building his nesting boat, although this is on hold while he has a knee replaced. David did tell me that his anaesthetist said that he had a friend who is building a boat who could use some advice (Peter Batchelor!) and that David's postie told Margaret that she knew of a neighbour who built boats (Andrew Yen!).
Geoff Carroll... is continuing his build, see the article further inside "Shavings".
Rob Ripley... is also getting on with his build.
Chris Kelly... is creating dust as well as splinters (report following).
Jim Stockton... creating his coracle.
So, as you can see there is construction underway and we will be interested to see the launchings later in the year.
In idle thought, David's comments reminded me that we are all interconnected (6 degrees removed), so speak well of people as you never know who you may be talking to!
For our "Sawdust" publications, let Penny Braybrook know what you have been doing so that we can maintain contact in lockdown.
See you all again soon!
The South Gippsland Yacht Club has now successfully run seven Australia Day Regattas celebrating the wooden racing and cruising dinghies of our recent past. Well, at least most of us sailing these boats consider the 1960’s and 1970’s to be the recent past.
This was the first year that the number of entries did not exceed the entries in the previous year. The small decline from 60 entries to 55 was attributed to the bushfires over the preceding weeks and some nervousness about visiting Gippsland, even though the nearest fires were over 200 kilometres away from Inverloch. The weather favoured the regatta yet again with good sailing breezes for all three days. The shifting sands and the tidal currents provided the usual challenges to those who sail on Anderson’s Inlet.
Variety is the essence of the regatta with social events on and off the water, racing events, novelty events and displays of models and vintage skiffs in the stadium, however the key focus is the variety of boats that are brought to the club yard and the beach for sailing out on Anderson’s Inlet.
A large number of our members visited the Victorian Wooden Boat Centre in our February club night at Melbourne Docklands. The Wooden Boat Centre has been in existence for many years and is currently run by Nick Atkins. The Wooden Boat Centre provides space for boat building or restoration projects while Nick can provide advice or assistance with projects.
The night began with our members inspecting the projects underway. These were varied between kayaks and canoes, rowboats, sailboats and a mini tugboat. There were many designs which included some of Nicks’ own designs.
Our Club night for February was at the Wooden Boat Centre and hosted by Nicholas Atkins. It was great to see the number of members arrive for the presentation or was it the sausage sizzle? Many thanks to all involved in the preparation, cooking, and clean up. Andrew Cohen and Allan Bernardi performed a duet on the BBQ and the hordes were fed.
Nick's presentation was very well received, showing how traditional boat building methods can be enhanced by the application of modern technology. Although Nick did tell me that he would struggle to talk for 30 minutes time went very quickly and the interest level did not wane. Thank you Nick for making your premises available.
Our Rye sail day was held amidst a very crowded parking area, but I understand that the ramps worked well (refer to David's report).
Last weekend was the Williamstown Seaport Festival with the tall ships “Young Endeavour”, “James Craig” and “Enterprize”.
Our club boats were at Seaworks, rigged and on display where Andrew Cohen kept a keen eye on them and recruiting for new WBA members. He utilised some assistance from the Pirates Tavern to "press gang" some applicants!
As part of the festivities a cruise was arranged by the “Alma Doepel” Trust as a fund raiser aboard the “Victoria Star” ferry. Some 250 people were aboard for the 4 hour trip from Victoria Harbour to Williamstown then to St.Kilda and back again during which time we had a close look at naval vessels in port and the working dockyards.
Due to the Grand Prix, there is no access to Albert Park so our club night on the 18 March will aboard the Blackbird for a cruise on the Maribyrnong River followed by a Hotel meal (more detail to come... watch your emails). Spaces are limited so get your bookings in early.
Our sailing day on the 22 March will be at Andrew Cohen’s at Patterson Lakes, where you will be able to row, paddle, and putt.
I look forward to catching up with you all at the coming outings.
The 54th International Mirror Class Australian Championship was on after Christmas, and Daniel, my fellow Mirror sailor at Altona, was keen. We invariably fight it out for second last place in the local club races, but perhaps we could get lucky and come maybe third last for a change.
I wrangled my Mirror 57868 (circa 1977) onto the roof of the car, hitched up Daniel's 15823 (circa 1969) on a trailer behind, Daniel hitched up his splendid 10 foot Franklin caravan as our accommodation, and we headed down to Paynesville.
The Championship was hosted by the hospitable and wonderfully efficient Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, organized in conjunction with the Mirror Class Association of Australia. I think 16 Mirrors entered, 10 mostly fibreglass in the serious Racing Division, and 6 all wood construction in the more relaxed "Jib and Main" (JAM) Division.
Further to my earlier story of ‘rescuing my holed boat’, Hanh and I remained camped at a secluded boat ramp on the Murray River for a couple of days, so were casual observers of what seemed to be a daily pattern. We mostly occupied ourselves reading, collecting firewood and I picked up ancient rubbish, dropped by earlier visitors and watched the occasional river traveller pass.
The boat ramp was well provided for by council, having not only a double paved boat ramp and carpark but a large free undercover BBQ area, environmental toilet, rubbish bins and a bush BMX bike track, a bit of grassed open space and lightly forested space.
For such a secluded place we were surprised to find a variety of visitors to the ramp, visiting for many different reasons.
Our Christmas Party was well attended with a role up of 38 people all bringing a plate to share and the BBQ conducted by Andrew Cohen and Mick Benveltzen. Thank you to you both for your culinary duties!
Graham Signorini had the club boats out and in the water and these were enjoyed by members sailing after lunch and ably packed up with Leigh McNolty's assistance.
We had a couple of presentations to be done during the festivities ...