COVID Update and Club Access

Anyone aged 8 and above is required to wear a mask when inside any part of ESC, unless a legal exception applies such as when consuming food or drink.

No guests or sail passes at present inside the club, or using the club equipment.

Please feel free to use the deck with other members for a BBQ, picnic, or BYO.

  • Check the newsletter to see whether an event is planned at the time you plan to use the deck: the deck is not accessible at the time of an event.
  • Members only at the moment: no guests. Small groups only, no parties!
  • Check-in with the QR code
  • Unlock and lock the side gate using the key hanging near the storage area sliding door
  • Kitchen and first floor closed except on race days
  • Alcohol can only be consumed in the licensed hours: 1pm – 11pm.
  • In line with Covid hospitality requirements you are recommend to wear a mask when handling food and cooking for other members
  • BBQ temperature gauges are fitted: when BBQ reaches 165 C it is safe to cook on
  • Please clean-up thoroughly and follow the BBQ cleaning instructions
  • Enjoy the view!
  • Lock-up when you leave

COVID Update

Yesterday’s announcement of significantly reduced COVID restrictions means it will be simpler to operate as a club and for hall hire functions. However a number of restrictions have not changed.
What has changed:
* Masks no longer required inside the club except for hospitality staff
* No requirement to be seated inside for food or drink service
* No density restrictions limiting the number of people in a given space
* Reduced implications for ESC in the event a COVID-positive person attends ESC (details not yet sighted).
* You may dance inside and outside if the moment feels right for you, and your children are not watching.

What has not changed:
* ESC policy is that any member aged from 12 years and 2 months must show proof of full vaccination, or legal medical exemption, to the manager in order to enter the club building at any time, or participate in race duties. A reminder to all members to do this by the November 24 deadline please, or contact the manager to discuss membership options.
* It is a legal requirement that anyone attending a hospitality event must show proof of full vaccination to a COVID marshal, or a legal medical exemption. Full vaccination requirements apply from 12 years and 2 months of age. This is required for the Club bar or food service, and any other Club or hall hire hospitality event. The Club bar will not open after racing until anyone already in the hall has been confirmed to comply with the vaccination requirements, and the volunteer COVID marshal will check all members who subsequently enter.
* After Nov 24 we will review the present club restrictions on visitors and sail-pass.


Publication Date:11 November 2021

Elwood Sailors,

Please be advised that there is a change in the ESC Notice of Race 2021-0222. The change is to align the NOR with the Club’s COVID SAFE Plan. This is effective from the publication date of this letter.

The amendment is in the Rules Section and applies to Rule 1.4.

The old rules states:

1.4 The Elwood Sailing Club (Inc) reserves the right to refuse an entry.

The new rule states:

  1. The Elwood Sailing Club (Inc) reserves the right to refuse an entry. All competitors shall comply with the ESC COVIDSafe Plan, available from the ESC building and online at: Elwood Sailing Club ( Non-compliance with the requirements of the plan is subject to a protest by the Race Committee. Penalty for non-compliance will be a disqualification from the race, and potentially a cancellation of entry for all future races

Freek Wetzels

Rear Commodore

COVID Policy Update

The Committee has reviewed the club’s COVID vaccination policy and strongly supports continuing with the requirement that members show proof of full vaccination to enter the clubhouse building. This requirement covers all 16+ members and visitors (12+ from November 24), with the exception of members who have an approved Australian Immunisation Register Medical Exemption form.

The Committee considers this policy provides the best protection for members, children who cannot yet get vaccinated and staff. It also provides the most flexibility for members to use the sailing-related areas as well as the overlapping licenced hospitality areas.

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Access Update 30th Sept

*Access to Boat Storage Not Yet Approved*
We had been expecting to be able to open up the club for access to boat and
board storage, but unfortunately the Dept of Sport and Recreation have not
yet provided approval through Australian Sailing for access to club sheds
and buildings to retrieve sailing equipment. This means our storage will
have to remain locked, but hopefully only for a short time. We will let you
know as soon as we have approval, and the restrictions around entry.
Access to the outside storage yard is permitted.


The AGM is going ahead as a Zoom on Thursday August 12 at 7:00pm. Details were provided in the July 28 newsletter. In summary:

The meeting room will be open from 6:45 pm, and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm. To join the zoom meeting click on the link below (or copy into your browser):

Meeting ID: 749 399 9655, Passcode: ESC

Please state your name when joining the meeting (unmute if required then mute again).

If you do not have internet access on your phone or pc and would like to call into the meeting using a phone, please call 03 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011. Passcode: 199470.  Only audio will be available to you. Please go on mute when you are not speaking.

If you plan to attend the Zoom, please email (David Wilkinson).

If you do not plan to attend the meeting you may appoint the Commodore or another member as your proxy using an AGM Proxy Form (click for link). Please email your proxy to


The club will remain closed in line with the extended COVID lockdown, hopefully opening again on Friday Aug 20. Key fobs will be turned off during this period.

Sailing and boarding activities are permitted as part of your daily 2 hour exercise, within 5km of your home, with a person who you live with or a friend. A mask is required unless you have a valid exemption.


A reminder that membership and storage fees were due by July 31. Any payments made after August 15 will incur a $50 late fee.


In line with the requirements of the COVID lockdown announced today, the clubhouse including boat storage is closed from 8:00pm Thursday, August 5, for 7 days, presumably reopening on Friday August 15. Key fobs will be turned off during this period.

We are assuming that personal sailing and boarding activities will be permitted as part of your daily 2 hour exercise, within 5km of your home, but this needs to be confirmed so please ensure you are aware of the specific restrictions when available from the Vic Government.

A reminder that anyone attending ESC must register using the QR code, irrespective of the length of the visit.