Club News – August 30 2019

Ramp development

Today the first two section of the new ramp were installed.  This marks a significant achievement for our Club.  Much work has gone into the project to get it to this stage, including: demolition, waste removal, building the foundations, installation of 27 screw piles (ramp), 7 timber piles (wave break), and 4 steel piles (pontoon), new sandstone wall, construction of a dozen ramp sections, concrete retaining walls, concrete pours and more.

Our Commodore, General Manager and Construction Manager were there to celebrate this moment together and to discuss about last steps before the delivery of the new launching ramp.


Father’s day Opti challenge

We are looking forward to celebrating the 2019 Father’s Day with you at Woollahra Sailing Club.  The event will be an opti race and will be open to all dads or any Club members who has had a dad.  You don’t have a boat?! Don’t worry about it, Woollahra Sailing Club will supply one for the race and Dads just need to come with some ability to duck under a boom.  If you need help sailing persuade your kid to jump on the opti with you and that would be the best way to spend this special day together.

Arrive at 9
Race from 9-9:30
Bacon and egg rolls 9:30-10 $5 each and free for the top 3 dad winners
9:45: Opti rigging session with the WSC Opti rep Ben Tucker


Welcome to Woollahra Alex

Today we had the opportunity to officially welcome at Woollahra, Alex Zimmermann, our new Manager and Coach of the Club’s Junior Sailing Programme.
Alex is well known across the Australian and International Optimist Dinghy community and is a three times Sailing World Champion. He is widely regarded in all states of Australia as having a unique ability to help talented children progress from absolute beginner to a highly competitive level. He regularly coaches at international events with the Australian Optimist Sailing Team. This includes: World Championships, European Champs, Asian & Oceania’s Champs, South American Champs and North American Champs.  Alex joins us having just completed a 3 year period as State Head Coach in South Australia. In that role he developed some great Optimist Sailors who have recently qualified to represent Australia. Prior to that Alex was Optimist Class Head Coach at Fremantle Sailing Club and WA Optimists Head Coach from 2014 to 2016.
With Dan and Alex working together we now have the best Learn to Sail, Junior and Youth coaching team in Sydney if not Australia.  Dan and Alex are working together to build new programmes for this spring and summer.  We will be offering a complete package including Club Membership, storage, coaching, regatta support, sailing gear and more.


Summer series

The 2019 summer series will start on Saturday, September 14th and we are looking forward to seeing you on the water.
For full details see summer series on the Club website.


2019 AGM and Board election

We would like to thank all attendees of the 2019 AGM that came last night to provide their feedback and support to the Club.   All details a documents are available on the Club website.

Polling for the board election closed at 5:00 pm Sunday 24 August. Immediately after polls closed the votes were counted. In attendance was: Frank Shepherd (Returning Officer) and three Scrutineers – Quentan Watson, Stan Bland and Ross Barratt.

It is declared that Warren Sare and Diane Vukelic have been elected to the Board of the Woollahra Sailing Club.

Thank-you for to all participating and assisting with the process. Congratulations to Warren and Diane.


Holiday camps

The September/October school holiday are fast approaching.  Checkout the great coaching clinics, learn to sail, intermediate and other holiday offerings.
Don’t forget to book next holiday camp, the early bird special will be available for one more week. Book online now or contact the Club [email protected]  / (02) 9371 9805

Learn to sail and intermediate
Woollahra Sailing Club conducts school holiday camp programs for children aged between 7 and 16 years, covering a range of water based and sailing activities, as well as fun games and team building exercises over four full days of fun on Sydney Harbour. The courses are run during all major school holiday periods throughout the year. Our courses are fully supervised by qualified Australian Sailing instructors. September – October 2019.  Children will be grouped by similar skill level and ages catering for beginners, intermediate and performance.

School holiday camps – September and October 2019 from 9AM to 3PM
Monday 23/9 – Friday 27/9
Monday 30/9 – Thursday 3/10
Tuesday 8/10 – Friday 11/10
PRICE: $450 (4days) Early Bird Special till 1st September onwards $515 – Camp 1 # Mon 23rd – Fri 27th additional fee of $50 due to extra day.

NSW Performance Youth Clinic
Join Dan Smith and Alex Zimmermann for our school holiday performance programs.
Dan is a five times Olympic 470 Coach, and World Youth Championship Coach.

Alex is a three times Sailing World Champion and has coached the Australian Optimist Sailing Team.

The ultimate preparation for the NSW Youth Championships 2019

Optimist and 420 performance camps from 9AM to 4PM
Monday 30/9 – Wednesday 2/10
Optimist Performance Coaching – Alex Zimmerman – $250 (3 days)
420 Performance Coaching – Daniel Smith – $350 (3days)


Paddling News

A wet week has transpired. It has been cold, miserable, and fraught with southerly winds and bluster.  Yet amidst this inclemency we are seeing the rise, or rather the laying down of a new and rather smooth looking ramp to assist our entry into the harbour.  And much joy and cheer has entered our hearts, as our paddlers love a smooth surface.  Whether it be an entry ramp or the mirror like harbour at dawn or the glossy gel coating on the massed skis of the WSC paddlers – we love it.  This week’s training sessions have not however been smooth – they have been hard, damn hard!  Our training leader ‘J’, his name redacted to protect his identity, has lead the Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions to new heights of hardness and degrees of difficulty.  And yet there is always tender mercy at the heart of ‘J’ as he cunningly designs our morning training courses replete with corners to cut for the vast majority of us merely human paddlers allowing us time to catch up and to challenge ourselves.  There is something for everyone and everyone is accepted, no matter your creed, your colour, your income or how tired, sick or unwashed you are.  Notwithstanding I suspect ‘J’ will get even harder next week as there are many ocean and harbour races coming up.  More corners please ‘J’!
Some upcoming dates of interest:  the Bondi to Rose Bay Ocean Classic on 26 October 2019 , the North Bondi Surf Ski Classic on 19 October 2019, and on the same date Lion Island Challenge at Pittwater.
This Saturday we see what will possibly be and is expected to be the greatest Time Trial ever.  Please come and join us for feverish paddling and hot showers to follow.  8am at the Rose Bay beach. The SIP course always takes into account prevailing conditions, and the abilities and safety concerns of all paddlers.  More southerlies are expected, with 10 – 15 knots of excellent winds pushing us all faster and to greater heights.  Come on down, you are wanted, valued and appreciated.   Are you paddle curious – come join ‘the Borg’!





















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