Free Race Series- Race 1

The day started with blue skies, puffy white clouds scudding across the sky, and the wind around 20 knots in exactly the right direction. It was even reasonably warmish. Some we’re already rigging by 10am and over the next half hour more rolled up, until we had enough for a GPS race.

In spite of the considerable amount of new gear on display, the weather held. The gods were with us. Craig and I fiddled with the race software while sailors got out onto the water for practice runs. The intricacies of system were sorted out after a phone call to Doug, and after a walk some distance down the beach, Craig raised the big green flag and the race was under way. This was a GPS race, so it was a matter of keeping up the highest speed for the longest time. The wind was surprisingly gusty, so at times was hard work in keeping control. It messed up quite a few of my gybes – or at least that was my excuse. It was also quite choppy in places, with little white caps all over.

The race ended and we all came in to register our times over lunch. After that, most people were keen to just get out and enjoy the rising wind – and so they did. The afternoon saw the wind pick up considerably, with all the sailors out, and some now overpowered. Then the blue sky disappeared, the clouds lowered, came in faster, then  came a strong weather front. A short while later another front came in – this time with cold, blasting winds, and finally, hail. The gods had changed their minds. Sailing in hail is a bit painful, so those who had made it in time were sheltering on the beach.

Overall, a great day’s sailing, though. Sandy Point really turned it on for us, with a bit of a wild finish to keep it interesting.

Results – Congratulations Craig Spottiswood:

G Speed Sailor Name
C 19.228 Spotty
C 19.104 Jerry
C 17.612 Peter
C 17.136 Roy W
C 16.868 Ido
C 16.51 RobbieK
C 16.488 Daffy
C 13.7 Martin L

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.


2016 Season in Review

iwc2016_review_screenAnother season has come & gone, and it’s gone rapidly.  Personally for me it means I now have a 1yr old daughter, but it also means that I’ve capped off my first year as Club President.

We’ve had a phenomenal year as a club.  Significant membership growth and great event participation numbers are just some of the highlights from this year.  We’re really lucky to have volunteers within the club that bring loads of value to the table.  I’d like to share this short video of season highlights that our Vice President & Media Coordinator, Mick, has put together for us.

When you look at the numbers in detail it’s amazing what we’ve been able to achieve as a club:

  • 184 paid up members – 175% of last season’s total;
  • 62 female members & 38 juniors is something that I’m personally really proud of;
  • 439 participants at club events across the season; and significantly,
  • $28,840 worth of volunteer labour costed at $35p/hrThese are all approximated hours from Sep – May
    • 204 coaching hours
    • 180 event administration hours
    • 205 event misc hours (includes set up, pack up, catering etc)
    • 235 club administration hours

Looking ahead to next year, we’re definitely keen to build on this success and keep growing as a club.  Whether we can increase membership like we have this year, I’m not sure, but we’ll give it a red hot crack.

Something that I’m conscious of is that the club is relevant to you all as members and is constantly evolving.  I believe that if you’re standing still you’re going backwards, so I’m very interested to hear any feedback and thoughts you might have that can help guide the IWC into the future.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sending out a survey to all of you as members.  This will be to gauge feedback on the events we’ve run, what events we might run in the future as well as to get ideas for club growth and sustainability into the future.  Most importantly, I’m interested to hear what you would love to do with & through the IWC.  Following that, what support can we provide you to make it happen?  I don’t want our members to like the club, I want us all to love the club and I want it to be relevant to you and how you engage with our great sport.

I know through my work with GippSport, that there are very few people in this world who love being on committees and who enjoy going to meetings.  However people are generally more than happy to help out & volunteer for their club – so please consider what this looks like for you?  We’re a unique club as it is.  We don’t have a facility, we are transient following the wind to the location with the best conditions, and we’re very much built upon a social model of sport rather than the traditional model of training once or twice per week and then competing on the weekend.  I almost consider us more of a community rather than a traditional sports club.  For me a healthy & vibrant community is one that:

  • has an open & ongoing dialogue;
  • shapes its own future;
  • embraces diversity;
  • knows itself; and,
  • connects people and resources.

This is certainly a club culture that I’m keen to grow and establish further…. if… this is what you want as our membership.

It would be remiss of me to not thank the many people who have made this season the success it has been.  Firstly the committee:

  • Mick (VP & Media)
  • Roy (secretary)
  • Rob (Treasurer)
  • Doug (Events Coordinator)
  • Pete (General Committee)

The work that these guys have put in this season has been immense.  Hours & hours of work behind the scenes to ensure that the show rolls on seamlessly.  I get the easy bit of standing up the front at the end of a successful day/event, and on this occasion at the end of a cracking season!

I also need to thank the many other people who have volunteered this season.  Carting equipment around in personal cars/utes/trailers for all of our events, setting up & packing up for the events, the huge amount of catering that’s been organised throughout the season and the coaching hours that have been put in.  Your work for the club is greatly appreciated and we wouldn’t be anywhere near the club we are today without this help.

As we look forward to next season, in 3 days’ time one of the most prestigous IWC events kicks off.  The Brass Monkey’s Challenge.  I encourage everyone to get a nice thick warm wettie, and lets see if we can knock Pete Naz off his throne and stop him from getting a 3-peat of wins.  The 2016-17 season will be upon us before we know it.

Thanks again for a great season everyone.  I look forward with anticipation to next year!

Cheers & Good sailing.


Longboard Challenge


Only a week to go and the challenges have been announced!



The Longboard Challenge.  Buy an old longboard online for $100.  Grab some friends and family and have fun doing Mick’s challenges.

“Rules- What Rules?”
The Longboard Challenge has established itself as the most corruptly biased event on the calendar- with judges frequently accepting cash bribes to ensure the success of the winning team.

The event consists of a series of sailing and non sailing challenges, all on boards that are 3.5 metres or above in length, that are to completed by a team within an hour time limit.

Unsure of how much bribe to give….and dont want to look stingy in front of the well respected and non corrupt judge???


This year, a good guide would be the following formula

Length of Board X number of team members X $20

For example, Windsurfer One design = 3.65

Team Members= 4

4 X 3.65= 14.6

X $20





The Challenges can be downloaded HERE


Invitational Race Day No.2

Inverloch Windsurfing Club GPS Freerace Day No.2
IWC Race Day No2 1

Well I am going to start this report off with the statement I normally leave to the end – What an awesome group of volunteer helpers I have! Yep it’s true and no more evident than in our latest event.
Mobiles were buzzing and emails were zipping through the webby thingy to make this happen for about 3 weeks beforehand. Big thanks to Postie Pete, Frank, Rob and Etsuko. To the Racing Sub Committee of Red, Jacques, Kato, Ado, Daffy just brilliant – another great day on the water. Then there were other people that just brought bags of flake to grill on the BBQ – delish Piere or freshly cooked cookies like Etsuko and Dazza(you are a wiz in the kitchen) along with the usual healthy banter and a touch of wind all to make a hugely successful day.
Well now to the windsurfing!
The wind was blowing westerly 12 – 20 kts with a bit of north in it that made it challenging for the less experienced. Rig choice was critical on the day and I suffered that issue along with a number of others.
The wind direction meant we were sailing down to the Yanakie channel rather than the usual speed run at the top of Inlet
After much discussion about markers the course racing got under way with 20 plus participants. The first half of the race was quite cruisy but when the fleet approached the second and third buoys the wind turned up a notch or two and there was a lot of crazy out of control windsurfers flying around. Ado won the first race with Kato and Daffy following along behind. In typical IWC thinking – those that came first will start last in the second race as we released everybody in reverse order. The local boys won through again with Kato, Daffy and Ado crossing the line 1st, 2nd and 3rd despite the official adjudicator holding their start a considerable time. Well done boys.
A bit of free sailing then lunch. I decided to take a run along the easterly bank and sling shot across to the usual WSW speed strip. My bruised and grazed shins told me this was not a good idea as I hit one of the easterly bank sand fingers at speed. Limped back for lunch and got everybody set up for the GPS Freerace.
Now this part of the program I was a little concerned about as the Freerace is run by KA72 software and I am a complete computer dinosaur. Flags went up and race was on. Concept with this is you can race anywhere within a defined area(the Inlet) and the software takes a reading from the individual’s GPS of your average speed over half an hour. The importance of long runs, good turns and speed all combine to make a good score and given the conditions the right choice of equipment was also critical. The flags came down and weary windsurfers limped back in all keen to see their score. The computer software worked a breeze(must have been the operator) and the official results were

Kato 25.03 kts
Daffy 23.63 kts
Kempsta 22.54 kts
Simon 20.65 kts(unofficial)
Rohan 20.54 kts
Dazza 18.75 kts
Col 18.2 kts
Roy 16.29 kts
Tony Smith 15.79 kts
Ado 11.71 kts
Ido 11.61 kts
Robbie 9.46 kts
Tony Ford 7.62 kts
Red 6.76 kts
Lots of smiles and aching bones at the end of the day as we packed up with suggestions from an ageing few that perhaps a 15 minute race would be more suitable!!
Special mention goes to Red and Roh who travel from Geelong to participate and also a big thanks to Vector Fins who donated a prize that Roh won. As I always say people, support our sponsors so they can support us. Check out Vector Fins website at making some seriously fast fins.
Cannot wait until Race Day 3 – Stay tuned!

IWC Race Day No.2

Tarwin Marathon

On Sunday 17th January, 7 IWC members participated in South Gippsland Yacht Club’s Tarwin Marathon.

Racing some 10-12 kilometres up Anderson Inlet, competitors had to contend with sand banks, mud flats, swirling winds and strong tides.

This video shows the race as it unfolded…

Discover Windsurfing Day – 10 Jan 2016

Windsurfing is a sometimes a tricky sport that relies on so many elements….

Obviously, you need wind, you need water and you need equipment.  But most importantly though, you need passion, drive, encouragement and support as you tackle the elements and master the techniques.  Its a challenge that becomes a lifelong pursuit for many of us, and sometimes it’s great to share our obsession with others!

The Discover Windsurfing Days are a fantastic way to introduce members of the general public to our sport.  Now in it’s fourth year, the event aims to get people on the water experiencing the rush and excitement, whilst being supported by a team of coaches, instructors and on beach supporters.

This year over 120 people participated in the day.  Conditions were skies, a gentle 5-8 knot South-South Wester and an incoming tide set the scene for some great sailing.  Armed with our 10 new Unifibre rigs, we hit the water at 10 a.m, breaking at 1 pm for the famous IWC BBQ, before hitting the water again until late in the afternoon!

Often we forget that events take a lot of work.  Under the scrupulous eye of Old Salty- our event dictator, the efforts of our behind the scenes crew needs to mentioned (and loudly applauded)…Postie Pete, Andrew, Frank, Cara, Ian, Pete Naz, Rob, Etsuko, Ben, Antoine and Tash did an amazing job of collecting gear, setting up,  laying markers in the water, catering for the masses, directing people to coaches, and sharing the stoke.  These efforts are mostly invisible, and yet they are the vital ingredient in making our events successful.

On the water, the coaching team made up of Dan, Kato, Caitlyn, Pete J, Roy, Josh, Joel, Sze-Fei, Simon, Colin, Antoine delivered tips and techniques that helped beginners to get moving under their own power.  The skills we learnt at Yachting Vic’s Windsurf Instructors Course has really changed the way we teach beginners, and I am constantly amazed at how quickly we can now get people on the water, understanding conditions and travelling along (and sometimes even turning around and coming back!).  Equipment plays a big part in the equation too.  Our 10 new Unifibre rigs that were generously provided by VicHealth are simply awesome!  Often people are discouraged to take up windsurfing because everything’s a struggle.  A heavy rig that’s hard to lift out of the water is a sure fire way to turn someone off our sport in a hurry.  The new rigs- ranging from 1.5 to 3,5 metres are light and easy to control.  To be able to cater to beginners as young as 6-8 years old, right up to senior adults is a great thing, and seeing kids virtually jump on and take off down the Inlet on their first attempt is simply awesome!

It’s always difficult to measure the success of an event, but if we were to take our participants and add up the smiles, the laughter, the stacks and the victories, I reckon we’d come up all right!



IWC Training Day – 12 Dec 2015

IMG_6018Well the last 2 days have reinforced exactly why Inverloch is such a great windsurfing location!

Yesterday Huey absolutely unleashed with a solid 30kt WSW wind.  A number of people got on the water, some got smashed and reports that came in mentioned that there may be a few sails up for repair as a result (and almost a brand new board after it flipped down the beach a bit).  But… what we were so close to getting yesterday was the first ever 40kt run on the inlet in the main Inverloch area.  Ado, Kato & Kempster took on the Poo Shooters run off pensioners point, Kato posted a peak speed of 38.04kts, Kempster  35.5kts while Ado got so so close…. 39.55kts!!!  But while we’re talking about yesterday, it would be remiss of me to not mention that there were 7 PBs on the water with Roy & Glenn getting 2, while Jay notched 3 PBs for the day!  Well done team!

Anyway, lets not get distracted by yesterday.

Today was our first training day for the season and as mentioned earlier in this post, Inverloch turned it on again.  Perfect conditions for training, mastering water starts, learning to carve gybe and for some getting some serious time on water!

The day started with a nice 15kt SW breeze, Pete Naz was on the water early (just for a change) and seeing him zipping around made set up pretty quick as people were keen to get out and join him.  The morning session saw most people sail, I helped Ben, Emily & David with some deep water starts & carve gybes.  It wont be long until they’re planing out of gybes after almost mastering Cribby’s ‘twist’ footwork this morning.  Young Alex came down and hit the water again, thanks to Roy’s coaching today and also participating in our Wednesday arvo junior program, she is progressing at light speed gybing & tacking with ease.  Its great to watch the juniors progress so quickly, albeit  frustrating at the same time!  Why cant us adults learn as quick as that?!! Haha.

After lunch the wind had eased a little bit, but most people got back on the water anyway.  Kato & Muffin Pete coached the arvo session for Josh & Sarah.  Like Alex in the morning session, Josh & Sarah were cruising around at leisure after a session with our IWC coaches.  Pete also gave Mark some beach starting & rig control tips.  Those present also got to witness ‘Bertha’s’ first sail on Inverloch waters.  For those that don’t know, Simmo has purchased a massive cruising longboard – its got storage inside the board and has been used to cruise the Fijian islands in the past.  It was great to see Simmo testing it out on Invy waters this arvo.

Thanks very much to our day’s volunteers.  Postie Pete for lugging everything around with his trailer; Ian for manning the BBQ and putting up with the comments & ‘suggestions’ from the bleachers; Roy, Kato & muffin man Pete for coaching.

Although it was very busy on the water with Kite Republic bringing a large number of people down, there were no incidents, everyone had fun and it was another fantastic club day.

Keep your eye on our club event calendar to keep on top of whats going on.  Our next big event is our Discover Windsurfing Day on 10th Jan.  I look forward to seeing you all there.

Cheers & Good breezes
Video below courtesy of Ido:

IWC Race Series – Round 1

Wow!  That one word sums up the whole day, organised windsurf racing is back in Vic with a bang!

We had a fantastic turnout for the first of IWC’s Race Series.  Over 20 people in total were on the water, 9 in the freerace and 13 in the handicap slalom.  The others were just happy to get on the water and sail.  Thanks very much to IWC’s brand new Racing Sub Committee: Doug, Daffy, Ado, Kato, Jacques & Red for conceptualising the day, and thanks also to the day’s volunteers who made the day run like clockwork: Roy, Postie, Rob & Dan on the laptop with the results.

The wind came in slowly, and after a few guinea pigs went out early the easterly started to build from midday onwards, as Postie’s sage words of “the easterly all comes in on the change of tide” rang true once again.  By 1pm we had a nice 15kts and the call was made for Victoria’s first ever GPS Freerace to be held with a 1:30 start.

GPS Freerace

Having sought advice from our colleagues in NSW & QLD our race committee had decided on 30min freerace’s with the idea being to get as many people on the water as possible.  There were no restrictions on GPS devices as again the aim was to be as inclusive as possible.  So in true IWC style, with a start time of 1:30 announced most people started coming off the water at 1:25 for a snag & a drink.  Hence, the start time snuck back out to 1:35 to get people back out there.

In a fascinating race there were a number of different strategies applied by those racing.  Pete Johnston & Pete Naz stayed high on the course, using bear offs to try and hit higher peak speeds, Roy the race’s dark-horse stayed lower on the course and with the aid of his weed fin did longer runs along & onto the mud bank in the shallower water.  A number of people were in between, and one of the pre-race favorites Dan seemed a bit in between strategies and with the longest fin in the race (38cm) he found the bottom & went over the front 3 times, thanks to Gippsland Ports for sneakily moving the top red mark ensuring that it was very difficult to gauge where the bank started – you’d think after the first or second time he’d know – maybe he’s not the sharpest tool.

It was great seeing so many boards flying up & down the course. There were a number of other people keen to race who didn’t have a GPS.  We hope to be able to help those people participate in the next race.

So what were the results….. well, taking out Round 1 of IWC’s race series Freerace was: Pete Johnston!!  Full results of the race are following in the table below.

(Ave speed in knots over 30mins)
Sailor Name
C 20.66 (Distance: 19128m) Pete Johnston
C 19.8 (Distance: 18339m) Dan Poynton
C 17.73 (Distance: 16414m) Roy Worner
C 17.62 (Distance: 16315m) Pete Naz
C 17.36 (Distance: 16079m) Col Savage
C 16.76 (Distance: 15521m) Tim Holmes
C 15.52 (Distance: 14375m) Glenn Matthews
C 6.218 (Distance: 5758m) Ernest Gal
C 5.47 (Distance: 5066m) Doug Hocken

Thanks very much to Dan Cole from Wassup in Chelsea for donating the prize for first place of this race.

Handicap Slalom Racing

This could have been an absolute shambles, but turned out to be great fun!

A buoy was dropped at the bottom end of the course with all sailors convening on the mud bank out in the middle.  The format was simple… race one was a free for all.  Everyone starts at once, races down, gybes and then back to the start position with each competitor receiving their finish position.  Race 2’s starting positions are the reverse finishing order of race 1, with each subsequent race being the reverse order of the previous race.

Dan, Pete & Dan Cole were the standout’s in this format with Dan taking 3 wins out of the 5 races.  However the beauty of this format was that after race one, they were the last 3 to start meaning they had to weave their way through the pack each time.  There was mayhem at the gybe buoy each race with boards, sails & bodies everywhere.  The banter on the water was hilarious – can you really call starboard on someone halfway through a gybe!!???  Col Savage will hereby be known as a bushranger, seemingly coming last on purpose to ensure a clean get away in the subsequent race.

Significant improvers throughout the slalom racing were Ido, Ben, Tim & Rupert.

There were many other highlights throughout the day, Jayden christening his new board which Santa dropped off early (and resultingly we doubt Santa will be back for Jay in the next 8 years! Its a nice board!!)  Roy sailed the day with a broken toe after re-damaging it in a practice sail before we’d even kicked off, Ernest seflishly bringing only 2 nice bits of chicken for himself to eat and cooking it whilst we were all watching eating snags, while Dougie seemed in his element – coordinating everything from the safety & comfort of floating next to his board – it was almost like his regular chats in the middle of the inlet except more people were around (and had) to listen to his waffle.

In summary it was a great event.  Race 2 (on 13/02/16) promises to be bigger & better.  Check our events calendar to see what else is coming up and enjoy the photo gallery below with images taken by Rob.

Until next time,
Cheers & Big Breezes
Dan & Doug.