IWC 2016 Award Winners

The season has drawn to a close and its time to recognise people within the club who have contributed to making this the best windsurfing club in the world!

Club Person of the Year

Every year, we take the time to honour an individual who has made a significant contribution to club- ensuring that the IWC is the biggest and best windsurfing club in the world!!! (No bias here!)
To help with the voting the following criteria was put forward:
  • They are a role model both for & around the club
  • They put in extra time & effort
  • They are always there to help & assist
  • They act in the best interests of the club
  • They are an excellent ambassador for windsurfing & the IWC
  • They volunteer time freely and not for personal gain
  • They best display the values of the IWC

Winner – Pete ‘Postie’ Sainsbury

Pete has been a tireless volunteer this season.  His car & trailer has almost been a permanent fixture at the club storage shed collecting gear and bringing it to wherever our club events are.  Further to this, with Daz’s help, Postie built a mezzanine floor in the storage shed to re-organise our gear – and so we can actually see what we have!! haha.  At events, he has regularly sacrificed his own time on water to ensure that the events run smoothly as on the beach support.  Thanks for your help this season Postie.

Presidents Award

This season we’ve seen significant growth in our membership.  The refreshed vibe that these new members have bought to the club is great to see.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing this enthusiasm throughout the season.  From the moment that they’ve nailed their first tack or gybe, or even just managed not to fall in for a period of meters!  Its taken me back 5-6 years ago when the club was new, and further back 15-20 years when i was learning myself.

There were many candidates in my mind who would have been more than suitable for this award.  Active members, people who embody the values of the IWC, and people who are just oozing with enthusiasm for this sport.  It was a really tough decision this year and as such along with the winner, I’ve awarded 4 runners up (A cop out i know).


  • Scott Brelsford

Scotty is brand new to this sport this season and for me, absolutely embodies what the IWC & windsurfing is all about.  He’s attended almost every club event, and in true IWC form is scrounging together his own kit to get as much time on the water as possible (BTW – I’ve got a 5.4 sail you can have for a 6 pack).  I havent seen anyone come into the sport with as much enthusiasm as Scott for some time.  It’s a pleasure having him around the club and I look forward to watching & helping your sailing develop over coming seasons.

Runners Up

  • Alex Blackman
  • Piper Kempster
  • Lucia Brelsford
  • Chloe Clarke

These 4 young women have been regular attendees at our Wednesday Hump night junior program and have only taken up the sport this season.  Its been a pleasure to coach them each week and I know that these girls will continue to grow as windsurfers throughout their teen years.


Welcome to the Inverloch Windsurfing Club

Established on a sandbar in the middle of Anderson Inlet in 2009, the Inverloch Windsurfing Club aims to bring windsurfers of all ages & abilities together to sail, have fun and in true aussie spirit, have a light hearted dig at each other whilst giggling at our mates’ misfortune.

The IWC prides itself on the events that we run, and the community connection that we have.  Our home of Anderson Inlet has been rated as one of the best natural windsurfing locations in the world, as honorary club legend and world renowned windsurfing coach Guy Cribb attests to.

Please contact us, hook us up for a sail.  We would love to welcome you to our club and show off what we believe is the best stretch of water for windsurfing.

Sailing Numbers Now a Requirement on Anderson Inlet

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.

And so it begins

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.




Road Tripping

For me it has been:

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?

Getting ready for Open Season!

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.


– 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)

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,


AGM – Notice of Meeting

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 

Road Trip to Burrum

I’m always keen to support other club’s events and the Burrum Windfest has always been on the wish list. Warm weather, SE trade winds and a 4km long speed bank. So this year it was time to convince the family that it was time to do a road trip into the sunshine. Peter and Lari were also keen for a road trip so it became a Pit Crew adventure.  We left home at 5pm as Jen had work commitments and just went north. Made a wrong turn and ended up in Albury instead of Shepparton. Opps. Then the rain started lots and lots of it. Interesting having a road train go past you at 110km while driving through a river. Went along the Newel Hwy past Parkes, Coonabarabran, Goondiwindi and finely Burrum, just a little 28hr drive in the country.

Burrum house

Morning and it was time to meet the locals, sign in and check out the area. Katelyn was very keen to have a go in the comp so a quick sign up to an AWA state and throw on a life jacket she was in too. Wasn’t very happy about the jacket but that’s the rules.

Not enough wind for Day 1 and Justin (Gestalt) was trying to guess the wind gods mind and called it a free sail; a few grumbles from the rabble who wanted to compete. (Who would be a comp organiser?)It was time to get wet in Queensland.

Out onto the inlet with my biggest gear, Carbon Art 66 (110L) and Koncept 8.5, this sail had only been used twice before and one was at Lake George for the 24hr record.

Tough to get going with lots of pumping, but the weather was warm and not a wetsuit in sight. Katelyn in as well but even harder for her as the tide was racing in with an onshore wind and she was pushed into the harbour. The 3.5 Dragon Fly and my old Ab Slalom board just didn’t have enough punch to keep up wind.

The next few days were light took the opportunity to do a day trip to Fraser Island. Jen and I came here xxx yrs ago as our first holiday together as a couple so it was great to revisit the places that we knew, this time with the kids.


The wind turned up and the locals were excited, still light by our standards but very sailable. Onto what was becoming my Queensland speedsailing setup Sl66, Ka8.5, Venom 40. Still no SE wind but with Burrum there is always a bank to play with. The Northern run is a bit like Area 45 with out the curve, lots of brown water too. Burrum usually has clear water at this time but as we had bought the drought busting rain everything had turned into Area 45 brown.

Bounced off lots of hidden sandbanks and just couldn’t go fast, fighting both the rig and board. Ended up having a attack of the grumps. Luckily Pete was around and being a caring supportive friend mentioned something about “Princesses” and “Hardening up” and “Softy”. Still couldn’t get it together so I just chased Katelyn around who was having a great time.


We stayed on this run for the rest of the week with the wind getting to about 15 kts with my board maxing out at about 30kts. I was a bit off the pace all week and I only solved the issue on the last day, not enough down haul (20mm)  Top speed was Vando at about 32kt, kicks my butt again.


Katelyn impressed everyone with her sailing skills and that she rigged and carried all her own gear without adult help. Sound like a very big tick to her instructor ….Joel. She came so very close to planning her board and her confidence was huge. As the only junior in this years comp she cleaned up in the prize pool bringing home a new boom and a ProLimit vest.  Bring on next year Katelyn.

We didn’t get to sail on the usual bank, the water was unusually brown, and the wind was a bit light but that’s windsurfing. We did meet some great people, have a well run and fun comp and see a great part of Australia that everyone should visit.

From Burrum we left Pete and Lari as they went sth and we went north another 14hr to Ailey Beach and the reef for a week before coming back towards home.

In total we travelled 9000km in 4 weeks played in 3 states, saw a small part of Australia and gave the kids a sense of just how big Aus is and had a great holiday.



See many more of you at Burrum next year!

(thanks to Justin (Gestult on Seabreeze) for the pics



APRIL FOOLS PRESS RELEASE- A New Beginning for Old Salty

(EDIT:  Apologies to those who emailed and messaged about a website error which kept bringing up “Anderson Inlet Kiteboarding Club” whenever they accessed the IWC website!!)

You may have noticed our past president- Doug ‘Old Salty” Hocken has been a little quiet of late…

IWC is proud to announce some very exciting news….

After seeing the phenomenal growth of IWC under his leadership and guidance, Doug has been approached by Kiteboarding Victoria to build a new club- the Anderson Inlet Kiteboarding Club.  The club aims to copy the blueprint of the Windsurfing Club, but with the thrilling sport of kitesurf boarding.

“It was an easy transition” Doug commented, when I caught up with him over the phone, “Realistically, all I had to do was take all of IWC’s members, then copy all of the guidelines and strategic plans and replace the word Windsurfing with Kiteboarding…Simple…  Also, in many ways this was a long time coming.  it all started after the kiteboarding lesson I took after losing a bet at Simmo’s Australia Day bash.  Kate for GoKite taught me the basics and even though I nearly  took out a few kids on the beach, I must say, I thought it was pretty good”.


It has taken a while for Old Salty to hear his calling.  “Later on, there was one day on the Inlet when a big front blasted through…all the windsurfing guys were out battling the 20-25 sou’ westers, whilst all the kiters were packed up on the beach, not sailing, but just talking about how strong the wind was.  This really appealed to me.  The other thing that rang true was I wanted a sport where I only thought about myself- I didn’t have to be part of a vibrant community or concern myself with anyone else.  Now, the only time I will need people around me is when they take photos as I go for a sick boost in front of the swimmers on the shore”

The final straw was a matter of taste.  “Let’s face it” says Doug, “you only have to take a visit to the Angling Club car park to see that the windsurfing crew really isn’t very stylish or sophisticated…I am a gentleman of fine taste with a strong sense of fashion.  You only have to look back at my wetsuit balaclava to see that I am ahead of my time in terms of trends.  With its bright colours and use of innovative layering of  textures like boardshorts over neoprene,  kiteboarding is much more happening and debonaire…”


IWC wishes Doug every success with his new position…



IWC’ releases 2014-16 Strategic Plan

It is with pleasure that I can release Inverloch Windsurfing Club’s Strategic Plan 2014-16. Over the past 12 months committee members have been working very hard to produce a strategy that has relevance to our member’s and stakeholders while also articulating a pathway of sustainability and embedding the principals of good governance within our club, sport and the wider Inverloch community.

There are many people that need to be individually thanked for making this strategy come to life, particularly the current and former committees. I would like to say thank you to them for all the hard work and their commitment in making this strategy a reality.

The strategy is divided into five priorities areas and 33 broad strategies with deliverable targets. The strategy will become part of the overall operating framework for IWC, linking the clubs strategic direction with our members. This was one of the most important elements identified when developing our strategy and was considered to be one of the most fundamental requirements that the strategy should include.

This is an exciting time for IWC and as you read through the strategy you will see that we have set the bar quite high on deliverables to our members and stakeholders in the coming years. I hope you all read our plan, be inspired a little and become an active member of the IWC continuing to make it a great community sports club.

As identified key stakeholders, hard copies and corresponding cover letters have been sent to to the following people/organisations:

  • Mr Steve Walker, CEO, Yachting Victoria
  • Mr Brett Morris – President, Australian Windsurfing Association
  • Mr Steve Coward – President, Windsurfing Victoria
  • Mr Howard Scott, Recreation & Open Space Planner, Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Ms Jerril Rechter – VicHealth CEO
  • Mr Barry Switzer – EO GippSport
  • Gippsland Ports, Anderson Inlet Harbour Master.

Download & read our 2014-16 Strategic Plan below.