Inverloch Windsurfing Club

Never let a breeze go begging…

The Motivator No Comments

The Motivator


Well most of you will know I have been off the water for 6 months recovering from a bad fall windsurfing injuring my shoulder. Speaking to a few members around the Club who have suffered long term injuries it was interesting to gain their perspective on things and how they handled their return to the water.
Doubts where creeping in – would the shoulder repair sufficiently for me to continue my favourite sport, would I re injure it, would it hold up. I could see that I needed a distraction to take my mind off these negative things constantly circling my thoughts and that is when I came up with the concept of a “Motivator”
On the main, the crash happened because my board was too big for the conditions and I did not have the skill to control it. Soooo…. I started thinking about a smaller board, something that will handle 25 – 30 kts. The recommendations I was getting from friends was to consider a small slalom board but I really did not want to head in that direction I was thinking that the ride would be hard and these aging hips and knees of mine would suffer.
It was Dazza who spiked my imagination by suggesting that I look at a large speed board – something I would have never considered. Again my thinking of hard ride was throwing up the negative. However the Mistral Speed had always grabbed my attention and the fact that it was designed by an Australian – Chris Lockwood added another dimension. Never one to be shy I rang Chris and talked with him about my issues with hard riding designs and what ideas he had put into the Mistral Speed 95. The more we talked the more I warmed to the idea and what won the day was that Chris’s father complete with hip replacements sails the Mistral slalom board without issue. As Chris explains the ride is soft with the hull design being double concave. As it just happens Chris was looking at moving on his Mistral Speed 95 so I encouraged him to move it on my way!
Well back to the board being the Motivator. I needed it somewhere where I would be constantly looking at it to take away all these negatives thoughts about my injury. So for the last 4 months it has been sitting in my office telling me to do my shoulder strengthening exercises and stop these negative thoughts and just get out and do it. Months went by without wind or when there was I had other commitments on – extremely frustrating. The time came when the forecast looked good and Sunday- Father’s Day was its first official launch with Old Salty as the skipper. Swan Bay beckoned; wind was northerly forecasted at 20 – 25 kts. When I arrived wind was building and by the time I hit the water it had dropped to 15kts with a few 20 kts bullets. What the heck, I was here and I was definitely going out on this board. I expected to be floundering, flipping and flopping all over the bay “What tha” The man just jumped on the board and sailed off into the sunset!!! This board was so easy, almost too easy to sail. Perhaps it was my skill level – nah it was the board.
Sadly I did not achieve Chris’s peak speed of 45kts on this board and never will either but I came away with a number of thoughts.
This is not a plug for Mistral as every person who windsurfs is different and has different needs and certain brands will meet some people’s needs and not others. So let us put brand names aside and consider all board brands. Most newer boards are built to make it easy for us to ride
Match your equipment to your skill level and conditions you want to go out in
Save your pennies to get newer equipment as it developed to make it easier to use and will help develop your skill levels and make your windsurfing more enjoyable.
Do not be frightened to talk with the equipment designers (most have their email addresses on the website) as well as the retailers. Tell them your issues and ask them what they would recommend.
Weigh up all the pros and cons and discuss them with other windsurfers.
Red is a good bloke after you have sailed with him a few times…..

September 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

GPS Logit No Comments

A few of you may have been following the seabreeze thread on the new GPS-logit
app available for mobile phones

I was speaking to the infamous Red from Geelong when I was windsurfing at Swan Bay on Father’s Day and he was trialing the concept.  Here are his thoughts.

By chance I had the opportunity to pick up a cheap 2nd hand phone and decided to give it a go.

First impressions…

The app is easy to download and use ( I used a trial version and I think the full version is downloadable for approx $20).

With my phone ready to go, I grabbed an old set of sacrificial earphone (before I lash out and buy some waterproof ones) and hit the water. The beauty of the app is the speed
talker. This allows real time feedback of your speed as your sailing. I had it
set up for a 20 knot min speed and 2 sec intervals. First good speed run started
to accelerate and then I heard feedback regarding my run. Its great!… at the
end of the run the reader tells you your 10sec average for that run. Soo…
first impressions.. a great way for people to get into GPS sailing without the
need for expensive GPS’… Instant feedback is only going to improve my sailing
by allowing me to adjust angles and trim to maximise my speed and most
importantly, having earphones in, wont have to listen to the incessant chatter
from my sailing buddies!!!

Editor’s Note:  I also see that you could use the mobile in an emergency situation and training exercises


September 22, 2015 at 8:00 am

IWC features in Healthy Sporting Environments Case Study No Comments

IWC was recently profiled in a Gippsport Case Study, as part of VicHealth’s Healthy Sporting Environments initiative.

Our Case Study looked at the challenges faced by clubs that don’t have building or facilities, and also how the use of social media has assisted our membership.

Plenty of new faces on the beach

Read More (in PDF)

August 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Dougie’s Winter Road Trip – Swan Bay 25th July 2015 No Comments


Well sometimes it takes a long time to recognise something you really miss!
For me it was spinning my wheels waiting 7 months for my shoulder to heal when the light bulb moment occurred that I really missed the road tripping to windsurf. In the early days of the Club every weekend was a road trip to Inverloch. Don’t get me wrong, it still is for me, it is just one by one most of my windsurfing friends have settled in Inverloch and I have no one to enjoy the trip down with, or bump into at the Café in Grantville or text “Where are u” whilst on the road excited by the trees swaying wildly in the breeze.
So, those that know me, I do not spend time crying in my soup! Let’s get out and change this and the Dougie’s Road Trip was born!!
Physio gave me the all clear on the shoulder just as the winter doldrums hit. Every weekend was a big miss in regards to wind – got that desperate that I brought the Uncle Dougie SUP off Warwick and started to SUP at Lysterfield Park Lake. As we got deeper into Winter I thought the northerlies will come and Swan Bay is the place to be. With minimal planning and a few discussions with Red, one of Swan Bay locals, it was on.
It took a few weeks but then the wind gods started to align with forecasts of 15 – 20 kts and fourteen people were on the road heading for the Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club on the edge of Swan Bay. Our breakfast meeting was a shambles as I arrived late just as Pete and Frank were leaving. However, one by one people started rolling into the Yacht Club carpark all with big lip smacking smiles on their dials as they saw the conditions for the first time. A big wide open bay of water, sand bars and weed beds, 15 kts of breeze and lovely flat water. Introductions were made, and out of respect for the locals a nude interpretative dance was done by IWC members. The locals were heard sniggering something about our fins were too upright and the locals had theirs more on an angle??
The Club house is a lovely old sixties weatherboard building right on the water’s edge and thanks to Oscar, one of the local members, it was opened for us to enjoy a hot cuppa – sorely needed with the mercury raising to 12C outside.
As always, sail sizes and fin sizes were discussed as a flurry of activity happened and people launched. A few came back and to change up as the wind was a bit holey but still comfortable to run 6.6 mtr and 7.5 mtr sails. They also reported a viscous two foot Port Jackson shark was seen patrolling the area. Something the locals would pick up and throw at each other. The boat house was opened at lunch time with the BBQ rolled out and a few of us checked out what were in the storage racks. We were surprised to find 4 newish Kona one design boards, some old Bombora’s and a Tri fin of some descript melting away.
After a refuelling stop we all hit the water again a little heavier from the BBQ sausages and Tash’s choc chip muffins. The wind faded around 3 pm which was perfect timing for us all to pack up and head back home. From the conversation and the camaraderie it was a great success and I will not be surprised to hear a few club members sneaking back whenever a decent northerly is forecasted. The question is where will Dougie’s Spring Road trip be to?
Thanks to all who attended and helped to make the day a great success, Red , Oscar, Roh, Ant, Naz, Roy, Dan, Simmo, Postie, Kempsta, Frank, Sea Skip and Ido.  Extra thanks to Roy for bringing the Club gear, Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club for use of facilities, Oscar for opening and closing the facilities and Antman for taking the photos.


July 29, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Time for some Winter maintenance? 2 Comments

To progress in our sport we need to experiment and push ourselves and our equipment. And it happens to us all at some stage that our lovely new(ish) board gets a bit broken from the experience. A ding from a drop on a rock, an Invy sandbar encounter or, as is the case with some of us, a mast through the nose on an untimely catapult. It happens. What to do next? If your skills are a bit like mine in the board building department it is best to seek professional help, after all blu-tack and gaffer tape eventually leak and cause further problems…

Oke men


Many at IWC will attest to the competence of OKE Surfboards in this regards. Personally, I have had a few (many) repairs done to my boards over the seasons. The boys at OKE have always repaired  my boards in a timely and professional way.Their competence extends beyond just surfboards as they used to build and sail their own windsurfers back in the day. I have seen all sorts of watercraft in their factory waiting for repairs. They are easily located at Braeside.

Winter is the perfect time to get some maintenance done on our boards when most of us tend to sail a little less. And if you ask nicely they may even show you their old windsurfers that they designed and built. True crafts-men.

Cheers, Pete Naz



July 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Brass Monkey Challenge 2015 No Comments

That time of year is almost upon us, the long awaited 2015 Brass Monkey Challenge.

Don the winter wetsuit, brave the elements and go for the glory of the Monkey Trophy.

Who will be the challengers for 2015? Who will get that lucky gust this year?

What new rules will IWC graft into the equation this winter?

Will Naz be able to take out a new club record, going back-to-back for the third year?


By August 31st all will be answered.

The BMC challenge begins again on June 1st.

Register now to avoid the rush.



May 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Sailing Numbers Now a Requirement on Anderson Inlet 5 Comments

EDITOR’S UPDATE- Noon, April 1st, 2015:  
Thanks to those members who responded to the information below.
Please read the instructions carefully, along with the date that this information was posted!

In an Australia wide first, IWC has been asked to participate in a trial of the Registration of Sailing Vessels.
The trial, run in conjunction with Bass Coast Shire, Gippsland Ports and Yachting Australia aims to ensure that individual sailing craft including windsurfers can be identified via an individual prefix and number.  The primary objective of the trial is safety…and the new system will ensure that by law officers and law enforcement agencies can distinguish and identify those which may come to their attention.
The trial will commence on 1 July and will run for a year until April 1, 2016.
All members will be contacted and provided with an Australian Registry of Sailing Entity number.
This number and the prefix ( which uses the first letter from the details underlined above) will need to affixed to every sail, as per the instructions to be provided.

Australian Registry of Sailing Entity
Minimum Height:  400mm
Colour:  Black
Affixed to second panel of sail.
April 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

Weather Will Never Worry the Women on Windsurfers! No Comments

Women Windsurfers’ Event: Confessions of the Event Organisers

It was raining in Melbourne as Fei and Lou – “the Event organisers” headed towards Inverloch for the Club’s third women’s windsurfing day. Their conversation went something like: “I keep seeing our names as ‘Event Organizers’ but I haven’t done a thing.  Have you?” “No!”

That’s our first confession…

The second was that we both dressed warmly for the day’s activities – including a 5:3 wetsuit. The participants on the other hand, headed into the water in board shorts, rashies and shorties. Were they cold? Who knows, but they stayed in the water all morning and headed back out after lunch. Very impressive especially as the water temperature was warmer than the air!

And there were lots of participants- 25 in all – including a young contingent headed up by Jessica – who won one of the up and coming awards, as did Alice. Big thanks to Wendy Jepsen’s shop- Bayview Trading for donating those prizes.


The real event organisers – made up of the IWC Committee and a few dedicated helpers, got everything set up – and participants out on the water in no time. A huge thank you to all of them, and many more who helped, including young guns Josh and Jayden.

The biggest thank you of all goes to the participants who turned up on a less than sunny Autumn morning, many driving from Melbourne, and some, like Emily, came from as far as Yea.  It was great to see so many new faces, and hopefully it won’t be the last time we see those faces on the water!

Finally a very warm thank you to Tash Worner.

What Tash can do with nuttelex and icing sugar is amazing and thats before you add the apple cider vinegar! Or was that lemonade? Whatever the recipe, Tash prepared a wonderful lunch and helped by Sue Smith delivered it with a level of service that McDonalds can only dream of. A very big thank you to Tash whose kitchen most definitely rules!

A successful day all round, with perfect conditions on the inlet – thank you for to IWC for organising that!

The club’s equipment was ideal and thanks to the numerous hands that rigged up gear and got it down to the beach.
Once again, carrying  equipment to and from the shore wasn’t a task of  the “Event Organisers” – another confession!


Lou Bricknell

April 1, 2015 at 9:50 am

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

« Older Posts

Entries RSSComments RSS