Club News – November 29 2019

2019 Christmas Party – December 1st

We are very excited to host the 2019 Christmas party at Woollahra Sailing Club from 2.30 to 6.30pm. Come along and enjoy huge water slide and BBQ!
What to bring:
Yourself, your elves, your friends, your reindeer, all dressed Christmassy!
Bring some food to share or enjoy Gigi’s hospitality in the cafe.
Kids bring your water pistols and floating pool toys.
Dress up and come prepared for fun.

Sail Sydney 2019 – early bird ends tomorrow

Do not miss the opportunity to register by November 30th for the early bird. Get your spot guaranteed for Sail Sydney 2019.
Register Now!

Volunteers – Sail Sydney Needs You!
You’ve done the Volunteer’s Competence training, now come and put those skills to practical use.  WSC needs volunteers for a variety of roles, from driving boats to assisting with on-shore tasks.  
Become a volunteer

𝐒𝐞𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐲𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐲, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗

Rosé Bay 2019 – December 7

The Rosé Bay event will be staged again this year at Woollahra Sailing Club. The date is 7th December and the organisers are keen to welcome members to experience the club in a new way. Members will be able to visit the Eventbrite site for Tasting Pack/Ticket sales and receive a 10% discount. Use the promo code RB10 to enable tasting dozens of rosé, red, white and sparkling wines for drinking on the day or for your summer cellar needs. Of course members are welcome in our club on the day to have a look and grab some lunch but wine must only be consumed by those who have tickets. This promotional code will expire on Nov 23rd. Book now 
Moths/Waszp/420 racing will go ahead as usual.

School Holiday Camps – Dec/Jan

Don’t miss another summer of fun at Woollahra Sailing Club, home of the best holiday camps in Sydney.
Book now 

WSC Racing

Saturday – Non-point score
2pm start Moth/Waszp: 3pm start

Sunday General Fleet – 22,23,24
General Fleet: 1.30pm start

We would like to remind everyone to register for club racing on line, just click on the following link: On line entry If you don’t enter we may not be able to record your details in the results.

For youth programmes and adult fleets see full details see summer series on the Club website.

For information about the Volunteer roster see summer series on the Club website.

For Optimist fleets see the Optimist summer series page.

Paddling news

This week’s news comes from Rob who delivers a powerful story from his experience at The Doctor last weekend.

‘The Doctor’ 23 November 2019
The white sand and turquoise waters of Rottnest Island in WA frame the start of this unique 28 kilometre race.  The Doctor is arguably the world’s best downwind race and 450 entrants from all over the world from Ireland to Iceland, from Murwillumbah to Mumbai, were the proof in the pudding as they lined up at the start in surf skis, outrigger canoes and stand up paddle-boards.  ‘The Doctor’, named for that same afternoon wind that gave added bounce to Lillee’s blinding fast deliveries at the WACA, did not disappoint with 20 knot winds gusting up to 25 knots.  To accompany the 20 knot winds at our backs, a 2 metre swell created full throttle down wind conditions.  I was pumped, fit, hard as, and ready.

The course is quite simple, only two turns, the second is a marker to keep you away from the reef. Effectively a wild ride downwind almost straight back to Sorrento beach. The Saturday race was the culmination of a week of beautiful events in a great location.

The race is however, not for the faint of heart. As a paddler with just over 12 months experience, I found it a real challenge.  The two metre swell came in huge sets about every 15 minutes and were slightly offset to the desired direction.  I capsized about a dozen times including a desperately tired moment of doubt and pain at the 20km mark where I waved the paddle for a few minutes for a rescue.  However after giving myself a good talking to, I decided that after a drink and gel and a bit of a relax it was better to re attempt a remount than wait for motivation from a man in a grey suit.  I did feel guilty for giving in to thoughts of abandoning the race but felt so much better when I saw the rescue boat was helping an exhausted paddler that had set off their flare as they had missed the turning marker and were on the wrong side of the reef.

It wasn’t the end of my trials as I had a couple more capsizes to right including one about 500 metres from the finish.  Despite at that stage being far too expert at the business of remounting than I ever wanted to be, my last moment swim gave a slight advantage to another valiant paddler who went past me to take the highly sought after 412th position.

A big difference from Sydney harbour conditions, and a fantastic challenge that is recommended for all paddlers with suitable ocean paddling experience.

I am doing it again next year, and for any inspiring Doctor entrants I can recommend The World’s Greatest Time Trial every Saturday morning at Rose Bay, as the best possible preparation.  Come join us – you know you want to.

Ramp etiquette tips:

We know it’s a difficult time during ramp construction, however let’s all …

Be safety conscious. Booms can swing with wind change.  Pedestrians and young children are unaware of the dangers be very careful when crossing the footpath.
Please do not queue across the pedestrian footpath outside the Club. Move boats forward when washing.
Use the ramp for launch and retrieval only.  Not for parking.  Not for rigging.
Please DO NOT LEAVE DOLLIES ON THE RAMP.  One person leaves a dolly on the ramp then next person follows that example and the next and pretty quickly the ramp is unusable.  Store dollies on the grass or on the brick pavers behind the winch.  Stack the dollies to minimise the space they consume.  Place them out of the way.

Club Cafe

Woollahra Sailing Club Cafe will open to members and public as follows.
Saturday 30 November:  Open from 09:00 to 16:00.
Sunday 1 December:  Open from 10:00 to 17:00.
Saturday 07 December:  Open from 09:00 to 16:00.
Sunday 08 December:  Open from 10:00 to 17:00.

WSC office opening days/times

We are all ready for a shining summer together, our goal is to optimise the quality time with members during weekends. Please see below our opening days and times:
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm



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