Inverloch Windsurfing Club

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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.

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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

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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,

Mick

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

And so it begins No Comments

IWC kicked off in style.

A nice breeze and a bit of sunshine greeted us for our Annual General Meeting and the official start of the season.  The official part of the day involved voting in the Office Bearer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

These positions were filled as follows:

President:  Mick Green
Vice President:  Dan Poynton
Treasurer:  Rob Kenyon
Secretary:  Roy Worner

The new committee will be created over the next few weeks.  More information on Club activities and events will follow soon after….so stay tuned.

We would like to thank Craig “Kato” Hollins for his role as president in the 2013-2014 season..Craig has a few interesting windsurfing projects coming up- which Im sure we will hear a lot about, and become involved in!

It was great to see some new faces, some of who had travelled up from Melbourne to see what the fuss is all about.  Hopefully they weren’t disappointed.

 

 

 

October 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

Road Tripping 3 Comments

For me it has been:

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Nothing like the promise of a breeze and the open road!

Port Macquarie, Robe, Raymond Island, Warrnambool, Portland, Lorne, Hazelwood Pondage, Paynesville, Point Henry, Lake Connewarre, Swan Bay, Sanctuary Point, Sandy Point and of course Inverloch.

I guess it all starts with a bit of day dreaming.  I wonder what this place would be like or listening to others that had been before you.  Generally it’s all the same vibe.  “You just gotta go here it is the best spot ever!”  ….and generally it is!

Check out the Windsurfing magazines and half their stories are about road tripping with friends

Some of my most enjoyable times windsurfing have been road tripping.  The planning, checking with the locals, checking the forecast, hitting the road and meeting at the roadside café for breakfast and then arriving.  By this time I am generally that hyped up that no matter what the conditions I am still going to get out there.  My last road trip was proof of this.  Big northerly front coming through on a Sunday and I am off to Swan Bay.  Haven’t sailed for 6 weeks but damn I was going to give it a shake.  Get there and Pete Nathan is thinking about changing down from his 5.4 mtr sail and says the locals are all out on 5 mtr sails!  Now normally I would back away and call it a day if I was at Inverloch with 25kts of breeze gusting to 30kts but the buzz of the trip, some general madness and the fact that Simmo gave me a 5mtr sail was enough for me to harness my doubts and go for it.  Guess what, I had a ball, with a smile on my face still on Monday as I recalled the days events to my work colleagues.

Inverloch Windsurfing Club has changed with most of the club members that I used to road trip with have moved to Inverloch(damn you I am jealous!)  and because of that I have not done many road trips recently.  It is something in my life that I want to change!!  So who is up for it and where are we going?

I would like to head to Lake George in Feb/March 2015??  How about you?

October 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

Getting ready for Open Season! No Comments

Now that the new season is open, it’s time to grab the board and rig out of storage, pack the wetsuit and towel and head straight to Invy right?

 

Whilst this may work for the majority of  sailors out there, each season I can recall being asked questions like, ”Can I borrow a screwdriver to tighter my fin?” or “My downhaul rope just broke, do you have a spare one?”

 

As a club, Inverloch Windsurfing Club promotes sailing in a fun and safe environment. But one aspect that we cannot control is equipment failure due to poor maintenance. If your equipment fails whilst you are out sailing, you not only run the risk of personal injury but the loss of your equipment as well. Here are some simple things that you can do to stay safe out on the water.

 

Equipment Check.

– Lay all of your gear out on the lawn where possible to make it easy to see what is there and what’s missing.

This is usually how my back yard looks in preparation for a new season!

This is usually how my back yard looks in preparation for a new season!

 

- Check any zippers on sail bags and board bags for corrosion. This often happens when the gear has been stored without first removing the salt water. If the zip is stuck, do not try to force it open. Boil the kettle and pour the hot water directly onto the stuck zipper. You may be required to repeat this once or twice but you will soon be able to free the zipper from the stuck position.

Mick Green demonstrates how to carry a boom.

Mick Green demonstrates how to carry a boom.

NOTE ….Try not allow the boiling hot water to come in contact with the sail material. I have tried this to see what happens and although I could not see any difference, it may have long-term affects on the sail. (Don’t burn yourself)

-Check each boom and mast base for signs of wear in the cleats or beans in the tubing. Remove the boom end fully to give it a good clean with fresh water, and once again clean any corrosion if required. If your boom is stuck in the last position it was sailed, you may need to use a pole or a post secured to the ground and work it loose. Flexing the boom arms inwards and outwards may also help, and once again hot water can be used.

- Check all ropes for signs of fatigue. If you can’t be 100% certain that it wont break, replace the rope now.

-Check your Uni-joint for signs of cracks in the rubber joint.

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- Check your board for any damage that may have occurred whilst in storage, or perhaps something you were going to fix but forgot.

 

 

If your board has a “vent” bolt in the top to prevent the board from expanding in the heat, make sure that bolt can be easily loosened and tightened and make sure you have the right screwdriver in your kit to do this. Make sure the screwdriver is a snug fit.

 

Check your vent bolt is tight before the board gets wet!

Check your vent bolt is tight before the board gets wet!

 

Check your fin is a snug fit and you have the correct fin bolts.

Check your fin is a snug fit and you have the correct fin bolts.

- Check your foot straps are tight but do not try to over tighten them.

 

- Check your fin for cracks around the base and make sure that you have the correct fin bolt/bolts to secure to the board. Check this by fitting it into the board and tighten. I have been known to lend fin bolts to people and I have been caught on occasions when the fin bolts left in my fins are incorrect. TIP Once you have the right bolt/bolts, buy spare ones for replacements if you loose one in the sand or grass.

 

- Check you sails for signs of wear and tare and repair if required. Check for broken batterns and cams (if fitted)

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Check the stitching is OK and make sure there are no holes.

 

– Be sure to have your screwdriver and a down hauling tool with you

 

Bring plenty of personal protection such as drinking water, sunscreen, appropriate clothing for the day and some food to help sustain your energy.

 

 

 

I think something is about to break!

I think something is about to break!

Now that your gear is ready for the season to come, you can sail with confidence and get on with having fun on the water.

 

Be safe out there and have fun,

Moondo

October 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

IWC Season Opener 19th October 2014 No Comments

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October 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

AGM – Notice of Meeting No Comments

SPECIAL NOTICE – As part of our requirements as an incorporation, we are to hold our next Annual General Meeting, on Sunday 19th October 2014. At this meeting all positions of committee will be declared vacant, and nominations will be asked from those present. Please ensure you are there on the day to be a part of this meeting, to be able to cast your vote and maybe even to accept a nomination for a position.
I’m also hoping the Presidential Wind Guarantee will be in effect, and I believe the Club BBQ will be running 

September 20, 2014 at 7:38 am

The Curse has Lifted! No Comments

Congratulations must go to Peter “Naz” Nathan for taking out the Brass Monkey Challenge for a second year in a row.

For the first time, Pete took out back to back titles- a significant achievement given that previous champions have been cursed with the monkey on their back.  For some strange reason, over the past four years of Brass Monkey, previous winners have met with a series of strange occurrences which have destroyed  their chance of winning for a second time.

In a challenging weather pattern, with very few days where the temperature and wind speed lined up, Pete managed to post a reasonable score at the home location (Angling Club) and the away location (Swan Bay).

Roy Worner finished in second place- with the away game being the decider.

Well done Pete!

Brass Monkeys Scores

September 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

Winter Sailing- Things to Think About… 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, we had some crazy conditions with an unstable South Westerly airflow.  The morning was great with a low tide and 10-18 knots dropping off to 8 knots and gusting around 20.  There were intermittent rain bands with squally downdrafts coming through and there was only a few of us on the water…
Around 11 am everyone went in to warm up but I could see a rain squall approach…I took off just ahead of it and could feel the downdraft intensify…15 knots…20…25…30 knots…it just kept building and it was a solid dense wind!…
At that point, my outhaul decided to let go and I heard a rip sound…not from the sail but from my knee…
Out past the Bluff, with an incoming tide, I crashed…hit the water hard and had to chase my rig as it took off down the Inlet (minus rider)….After retrieving, I flipped the rig to water start the other way.  As soon as I put any pressure on my knee it went sideways and weird angles…not good!
The wind was crazy for about 15 minutes and it took a while to get going against the tide but I managed to body drag into shore.  I think I completed the Club’s first “crawl of shame” as I got out of the water.  A quick ride in a shiny ambulance to Wonthaggi Hospital where the diagnosis was damage to the MCL…Worst still, several months off the water…:-(
Having now had a few weeks to think about the accident, there were a few things that I’d like to chat about:

Firstly, my thanks go to Roy and Doug- who came to my aid once they realised something was not right…it’s one thing that I love about the Club- the way we look out for each other and respond to what ever situation is thrown at us.  The one thing that concerned me was how to signal that I was in trouble….when I was in the water, and particularly as the squall was going through, I needed both arms to hold onto the rig.  That meant that i wasn’t able to get an arm free to signal for help.  It got me wondering about what we might do if the situation ever happens again…I would be keen to hear any suggestions…

Secondly, I’m grateful to Pete for running the body dragging session as part of the Club Training Days a few months ago.  Once I knew I was in a bad way, I also knew that I could get back to shore without a stress by just flying the sail and heading off on a broad reach.

cold_jettyThirdly, and probably most importantly, I was a bit shocked about hypothermia.  When I got into the ambulance, the crew took my temperature and it was 32.5….that’s seriously low….Granted I had spent some time in the water, but I didn’t feel cold or have any of the typical symptoms of hypothermia- (see Better Health Channel for more info on hypothermia)…Once out of the elements I soon warmed up and my temperature returned to normal.
It worried me a bit, so the next day I spoke to Brett Denning (“Red” to most of you). Red is speed sailor from Geelong, but also an ambo, and I asked him about core temperature and exposure.  He replied that the thing to think about is that there is probably a fair amount of adrenaline running about inside us when we are windsurfing, and that sometime this adrenaline might mask the first stages and symptoms of hypothermia.  So what does that mean?  Well, I think it means for me that I’ve got to be more aware of the  temperature conditions, and not wait until I feel cold before I take action….  maybe a good idea is to break up a session with some time off the water and out of the wind….with a beanie and a polar fleece!!
it probably also means that i should also look out for others on the water, and make sure that they are staying warm enough as well.

As an update, after three weeks of physio, I can walk with the aid of a stick.  Prognosis is looking good- with a few more weeks of physio before I can get back out there…I know it could have been a lot worse, so this time, I don’t think I’ll be rushing too fast to get back….

Being a bit incapacitated, I have been taken aback by the help and support from people around the club…My sincere thanks go to
Roy, Tash, Joel and Josh Worner for dropping in and supplying me with stuff- (the pumpkin soup was awesome..I recommend you all go out and fake an injury just to get some!)… Also to Craig for delivering and chopping up some wood to keep the house warm.  Thanks also to Postie Pete for dropping in for a chat and cuppa, and to Jeff for carrying my mail for me…

July 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Is the curse lifting? No Comments

In a strange turn of events, last year’s BMC- Peter Nathan is extending his lead in the Winter Challenge.

Not only content with leading the table, rumours are abound that Drift’s brakes were tampered with on the day of his accident.  Investigation continue…

Brass Monkey Scoreboard

July 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

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