Inverloch Windsurfing Club

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Women on Windsurfers No Comments

The annual WOW event is coming up in the next few weeks.  Come along and be part of it!


Link to event flyer:  IWC_WOW_280315

March 12, 2015 at 11:35 am

Not So Instant Messaging! No Comments

Daz and Wendy Jepsen recently did a hike around Cape Liptrap, and in their travels came across an old rum bottle full of messages…So did it contain a pirate’s hidden treasure map or a call for SOS?  Well not quite…

The bottle was thrown overboard from the Spirit of Tasmania a month earlier…in that time it had travelled about 140 kilometres along the coast to end up at a secluded beach near the Cape.


Daz and Wendy made contact via email

“Hello over there!

Darren and Wendy from Inverloch here.

We found your bottle with all your messages. Where did you launch it from? We assume Torquay.

It was January 21, we had set out on a 2-day hike along the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park – quite remote and a very hot day. We found the bottle just past Arch Rock on a secluded beach.

Thought we’d attach a bit of info and a few photos – enjoy!



and here’s the reply…

Hello Darren & Wendy 

 Graham here – I launched it from the Spirit of Tasmania   on Dec 27  2014   at about 12 noon  after leaving from Melbourne  to go to Devenport the weather was very stormy – as I had to battle the wind and rain to through it overboard and not get caught  ( as most likely classified as littering ) 

 We all had just had a family Xmas together and I passed the bottle around and the notes were written 

 To be honest –  I thought that the bottle would be floating around the oceans for many years 

 The Bottle itself I have had for quite some years it was in a cupboard stored in my Motorhome 

Three Monkeys Rum   A absolute 5 star rum !   

 It is a real gem that you found it on your wedding anniversary   – a good Omen 

 I will forward it to all the others …Oh   The one who wrote ” Call me for Sex ” was writen my my 84 year old Dad   – a very funny guy 

 we hope you keep the bottle as a true gift 

 Stay well and enjoy “

Graham J Ablett


In the day and age of instant and targeted media, its great to see some messages that take a bit longer to get through!

See the Messages in a Bottle


February 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Road trip anyone?? 1 Comment

New club member David Howe sent this feedback to us after the Cribby In Tuition Clinic…


Hi Doug / All,
Thanks for the fantastic windsurfing session and all the entertainment and food. Guy’s instruction was fantastic and I look forward to the next session !!!

If any of you find yourselves up Ballarat way feel free to get in contact with us and we will help you out location wise. More the merrier.

Below is a map of the area and lakes. Learmonth is out of action right now. Burrumbeet is 12 min out of town.


David Howe

February 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Hurricane Cribb has Passed! 2 Comments

Yep – the third time he has run his INtuition @ INverloch and nothing changes.


Guy operates at 150kph and sweeps all in his path like a passing storm.  “Teaching windsurfing and fun times in exotic locations around the world” he flashes his boyish smile “it’s my job, tough gig but hey someone has to do it!”  And do it he does.

He hits the ground running or cycling in this case up to clinic opening at the Angling Club Car Park.

Within 5 minutes he knows everyone’s name and has them listening intently to every word of wisdom he lets out.  Guy has a unique way of teaching with catchy phrases that give meaning to movements with the body, board and sail.  Terms like “The Growler”- I can see and hear past and present clinic guests crouching low emitting a growling noise, Boom Shaka, Drop your guts, Ooh Aah and many more to make the learning process fun and memorable.

Day One

The three wise weather gurus (Guy, Mick and Dan) decide Area 45 Mahers Landing is on.   Guy holds them off the water until lunchtime getting them practising some basic drills and rigging techniques.  You can see they all want to hit the water with the wind up but Guy wanted to arm them with some new moves before he sends them out.  The wind is ESE but uncharacteristic for this spot the wind has considerable holes in it and is gusting from 10 – 20 kts making it a little difficult for the guests.  They all make the most of it and Guy comes in smiling with some good video footage for analysis the next morning.

The club has a surprise for the guests that night with a traditional welcome and smoking from a member of the local indigenous tribe the Boonwurung followed by a spit roast all under the stars at The Rotary Park.


Day Two

Morning starts with Etsuko running a stretching class for all the weary bodies from the day before then off for video analysis at the Jepson’s place.  Again anxious windsurfers as the wind increases through the morning but Guy wants you to practise The Growler yet again, ooh aah, boom shaka and the Twist then you suddenly realise he has given you all the successful moves to complete the illusive Carve Gybe.  You can see the light bulb moment amongst the guests as the master sits back and smiles. He pulls the trigger and lets them hit the water on what will be one of the best clinic days over the three years this event has been running.  Solid SE wind of 15kts with a run of flat water out from the Rotunda down to the Yacht Club.  The sandbar near the Yacht Club forcing the guest to attempt a gybe or do the Inverloch step gybe – get off your board in shallow water, turn it around and get back on – very sophisticated!  Video cam set up half way down the run capturing some brilliant footage for the next morning’s analysis.

The mystery night – again with some creative thinking from club members a special night was planned as we took 20 weary bodies for a mystery tour.  State Coal mine in Wonthaggi for dinner hmmm that is ok but what is all the guff about a special night……then Rabbit walked into the room with full camouflage gear and a laser gun.  We are off for a game of laser tag down the mine shaft!  Funny how a bit of competition re invigorates some tired bodies and gets the competitive juices going.   BTW – Guy was recorded as being killed the most!

Day Three

Everyone is getting into the swing of things especially as Tash Worner baked up a storm with some fresh scones jam and cream for munching whilst we were analysing all the great moves on video from the day before!

Light wind day today with lots of tired and muscle weary guests inwardly celebrating the fact but Guy was relentless getting them all out on the water practising their new found skills yet again.


In the car on the way to the airport – “Well Guy 2016 – are you back?”…No hesitation  “Damn sure I am.  One of the best teaching places in the world, flat water and I have a club that does all the extra bits to make the clinic more memorable.  Bookings are open!!”…

Big thanks go to – Mick Green, Dan Poynton, Pete Johnston, Roy, Tash, Joel and Josh Worner, Craig Hollins and his Mum, The Jepsons, Postie Pete, Etsuko.

Also to our sponsors – SHQ for gear for Guy and one of our international guests.
Guy is a big convert for the Magic Ride.

February 11, 2015 at 10:51 am

Southerly Busters GPSTC 2014 Round Up 1 Comment

Well another year has come & gone and we find ourselves suddenly at the end of the holiday period…. but hopefully at the start of a windy period!!

We’ve all seen on Bookface that all the other teams have done an annual summary of of their GPS Team Challenge (GPSTC) team results, so I thought why not us too.  It takes a team that is committed, dedicated and persistent to strive to the lofty heights of a 2014 ranking of…..  FIRST in Australia (of the bottom third of 27 teams) – so 19th :P

As a team we’ve had a bit of everything this year.  Floating around in no wind, huddling under the angling club roof as hail comes in sideways, road trips to the golden lake, having to put up with our western colleagues from Connewarre, pretending that we’re interested in the technical mast bend curve & fin garble from the too serious ‘I-only-sail-if-its-30-knots’ Pit Crew mixed with the odd bit of banter with the bonno guys, laughing at the massive catapults as we negotiate our shifting sand bars… and all the while still managing to get the right balance of work with mid week sailing – so thats mainly sailing :D

The Southerly Busters welcomed a number of new team members this year:

  • Postie Pete (Tiges);
  • Kempster;
  • Frank; and,
  • Geoff.

And had a few off the water too long with long term injuries – Mick, Simmo & Tony. It’s good to see them all starting to get back on the water now

As far as our team individual rankings for 2014 go, they are as follows:

In a team like ours a more important category which isn’t captured through a ranking table like above, is the progression and development of our sailors.  Over a couple of beers at Casa Del Jeppo at the start of the year (or maybe the year before) –  some time ago anyway, Daz & I discussed that something that should be strived for is 50% representation of current year results in your ‘top 5’s’ GPS results summary.  For those that don’t quite understand this, let me try and explain.  The GPSTC is made up of 6 categories – 2 second peak speed, 5 x 10sec ave speed, Alpha 500, Nautical Mile, 1 Hr average & Distance.  For each individual, the website stores that persons Top 5 results under each category.  So we thought a good measure of your development as a sailor would be to get 50% (15 out of 30) representation from the current year in your Top 5’s across all categories.

Based on this I am making an executive decision and am awarding a new award of ‘Southerly Busters 2014 Most Improved Sailor’ based on this measurement.  Of our 24 current sailors in our team, 4 joined throughout 2014 & 2 didn’t sail so are not eligible as it stands.  Of the remaining 18 sailors – 9 made the cut with 15 or more of their 30 Top 5’s being posted in 2014.  They are Harry, Daz, Joel, Pete Naz, Doug, Rob, Roy, Stelios & Tim – well done people.  In order, I am pleased to announce that the Southerly Busters most improved sailor’s are……

  1. Roy – 26/30
  2. Joel – 23/30
  3. Pete Naz – 22/30
  4. Robbie – 19/30
  5. Stelios – 18/30
    Harry – 18/30
  6. Tim – 17/30
  7. Doug – 15/30
    Daz – 15/30

Following is a slideshow of each of our 2014 Southerly Busters sailors Top 5 results:

Well done to all on a great years sailing.  Getting 50% Top 5’s gets harder each year so its a great measurement of your progression.

If you’re interested in joining IWC’s GPS team feel free to chat to me on the beach or shoot me an email – or anyone else in the team will be able to provide info as well.

Cheers and i hope you all get some great sailing in for 2015.

Dan (Stan :D)

January 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Discover Windsurfing Weekend 2 Comments

Wow1  What a turn out!

Over 130 people came down to the Angling Club over the weekend and had a go at Windsurfing….and its fair to say that more than a few left totally hooked!

A fantastic two days of fun, wind, waves and laughter

Thanks to Yachting Victoria for the showbags and SHQ Boardsports for providing a truckload full of Wind/ SUP equipment.


Special thanks needs to go to our stellar coaches- Josh, Joel, Roy, Pete, Dan, Simon and Fei, as well as our on beach crew- Pete Naz, Doug, and Rob. Finally, extra special thanks must go to Tash- who ran the tent like a military operation!

On Sunday, seeing the carpark full of vehicles with boards on the roof, then walking over the dune to see over 20 sails on the water made me extremely proud of what the club has achieved and how it carries itself.

Awesome effort!


January 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Discover Windsurfing 10th and 11th January No Comments



Article in Sentinel Times- Tourism Lift Out 30/12/2014

Anderson Inlet Angling Club carpark 10 – 4 pm Saturday 10th January and Sunday 11th January

In conjunction with Yachting Australia and SHQ Boardsports, our club coaches will be providing tuition to introduce people to this addictive sport.

A great time to introduce your friends to the stoke of windsurfing

The club will be providing its fleet of beginner windsurfers for teaching and SHQ will be bringing down a range of demonstration boards for all to try.  The equipment they are expecting to bring is listed below.
JP 2013 Funster 180 windsurf board
Tabou 2014 Rocket 125 CED windsurf board
JP 2014 Magic Ride 118 PRO windsurf board
JP 2015 All Ride 106L FWS complete with straps and fins
JP 2014 Freestyle Wave 93 PRO windsurf board
JP 2015 Radical Quad 94L PRO complete with straps and fins
Neil Pryde 2014 Hellcat 6.7 windsurf sail
Gaastra 2014 Matrix 6.0 windsurf sail
NeilPryde 2014 Fusion 5.5 windsurf sail
NeilPryde 2014 Atlas 5.4 windsurf sail
NeilPryde 2015 Combat 5.0
NeilPryde 2015 Combat HD 4.5
NeilPryde Experience 4.5 windsurf sail and rig complete
NeilPryde 2013 Dragonfly 2.5

15 SUP boards, all of which are also suitable for windsurfing.

JP 2015 Surf 9’6″ x 31″ PRO SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Surf Wide Body 9’3″ x 32″ PRO SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Fusion 8’5″ x 31″ PRO SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Fusion 9’8″ x 31″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Fusion 10’2″ x 32″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Fusion 10’8″ x 34″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Allround 10’6” x 31” WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Venus 10’6″ x 31″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Wide Body 10’0″ x 33.5″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Wide Body 10’2″ x 35″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Hybrid 11’6″ x 32″ WE SUP with JP board bag
JP 2015 Sportster Touring 12’0″ x 30″ Carbon SUP with JP board bag
Imagine 2015 Icon 10’2″ x 32″ GC SUP board
Imagine 2015 Icon 10’2″ x 32″ WC SUP board
Imagine 2015 Crossover 10’6″ x 30″ Siren WC SUP board
Imagine 2015 Mission 12’6″ WC SUP board

January 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Guy Cribb INtution @ INverloch No Comments









Spots are strictly limited and filling fast


December 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

In The Zone- Where We Can and Can’t Sail 2 Comments

You may have noticed a bit of activity on the Inlet recently- with new No Boating signage and the moving of some markers on the water.  Its the result of Gippsland Ports modifying the Vessel Operating Zone Restrictions that apply for the Inlet.  From time to time, the Operating Zones are reviewed in light of the changing dynamics of the waterway.  The last review was about three years ago, and lets face it, the Inlet has dramatically changed in that time!

So what does it mean for Windsurfing on the Inlet?

Well, it does make some areas a bit more difficult to access but generally we aren’t too badly affected.  The amazing amount of sand movement has probably reduced the amount of sailable water, but there still plenty of fun to be had!

In this post, we’ll focus on the beaches to the east of the town- the Angling Club and The Rotunda.  Further east we have Area 45 but there have been no changes to this spot.

Lets start with the Angling Club.



As you stand on  the dune from the carpark you’ll notice a Red Marker on the water out towards Point Smythe.  To your right, if you look up on the dune you’ll see a sign post.  If you drew an imaginary line between the sign post and the Red Marker, you’d have the Eastern boundary of the No Boating Zone.  This zone extends West from the Angling Club to just near the Rotunda.  Basically this is a no go zone for us.  We are considered to be a vessel and so we aren’t allowed to enter this zone except for in an emergency.  This might pose a few problems for those who like to run the inside bank on a South Westerly, as there is very little room for gybing at the Western end of the run.

For beginners, the area to the East of the Red Marker is perfect for learning.  Just remember that there is a 5 knot rule that extends 200 metres from the shore.

Now onto the Rotunda





If you are standing near the Walkway, you will notice a sign post to your left.  If you look out on the the water you will see a Red Marker.  An imaginary line between the sign and the Red Marker denotes the start of the No Boating Zone which extends East towards the Angling Club.  The area to the West (e.g. towards the pier) is open to vessels, meaning we can sail there at 5 knots until 200 metres out, then unrestricted once we are on the middle bank.

On a South Westerly, its a close haul to get out to the middle bank on a starboard tack but you can launch up closer towards the pier to improve your angle.  Theres a small sandbank right on the edge of the No Boating Zone, so once you are out there, its easy to pull up before the No Boating Zone and do the world famous “Inverloch Step Gybe”!

I guess it comes down to common sense- which is something we all have in abundance…Windsurfing has a history of over thirty years on the Inlet…and a minuscule rate of incidents or accidents.  Personally, I think it has a lot to do with the respect we have for our surroundings and the courtesy we give to other water users.  We may not be in their sights but the Water Authorities have indicated that they will be enforcing these Zones over Summer,  and whilst the Operating Zones aren’t primarily designed for us, we do need to try to observe them as much as we can.

If you come across an area which you are unsure of the Zoning, or if you find a section that poses a specific problem for Windsurfing, please contact me  (Mick – 0412 828 748) and Im happy to identify any areas which may need to be sent to Gippsland Ports for review.

cheers and big breezes,


Note: A PDF of The Angling Club and Rotunda Zoning is available Here (in PDF)

December 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

IWC 2014 Profit & Loss Statement No Comments

Hi All,

As a requirement of our reporting to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV), please note that the 2014 Annual Profit & Loss Report has been compiled by our Treasurer Rob Kenyon.

The document has been submitted to CAV and if you wish to view, you will find the document stored in the Minutes to Meetings section of the website.

December 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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