How to sail: The ultimate guide
A new link has been added to our links page to the How to sail: The ultimate guide blog page. This is an entry level guide to sailing - I hope you enjoy it!
Christmas Dinner and Prize Giving
The club's Christmas Dinner and Prize Giving will be on Thursday 15 December at the Radisson Blu Style Hotel.The dinner will comprise an aperitif, a three course menu with choice of duck or fish for the main dish and tea or coffee for €40. The menu is available here.
Please register here before 8 December, indicating your choice of meal so we can book the correct number. There will be a Secret Santa, so please bring a small, wrapped, suitably nautical gift of not more than €10 value
Thursday evening sailing finished
Thursday evening sailing has finished for the year. Join us for the Christmas Party or sailing next year
Bart's Bash and Autumn Regatta
VISC Adriatic Week 2016
Registration for the Adriatic week is now closed. Arrangements will be finalized and payment instructions issued shortly.
The VISC Summer Regatta was held on Saturday 25 June at the Segelschule Hofbauer. Ten boats on the water, good winds and warm weather meant a great day's sailing for everyone!
After applying the VISC Handicap system the results were very close, with ties for 2nd, 4th and 6th places. To award the second and third prizes the two had to be separated by check back. Congratulations to our winners Jools and Eileen, Jean-Maxime and Anna second and John K and Brigit in third place.
Yacht-Master Exam, it’s all about the log book!
VISC member David Webb describes his experience of the Yacht Master examination. See the report here.
Monthly race series
This year the club will organize a series of races each last Thursday of the month. The first race will be on Thursday 26 May.
The race will consist of a single circuit of the bouys on the Alte Donau (more if the wind is very strong), with a single race each time. Entries will consist of two people per boat, helm and crew, with both helm and crew receiving the same points. Guests can sail in the races, but only club members will receive points. Scoring will be by the high point system (one point for each boat behind you plus one) and at the end of the season the four highest scores will count towards the Monthly Race Series. The Monthly Race Series result will count towards the club's annual championship. The minimum number of entries for a race to take place is three.
The races will start about 6:15. All boats must be on the water by the 5 minute signal. Normal Alte Donau rules apply. Infractions of the rules can be exhonerated by a 360 penalty except collisions resulting in damage or injury, when both boats will be disqualified (zero points)
In memoriam Bob Pitt
Last week Bob sailed from us.
We knew him as a down to earth man, his feet firmly on the ground, yet he was one of the best on the water.
Always smiling, skippering the smallest radio-controlled boat, a dinghy at the Alte Donau, a fast Dart catamaran, his own boat in England and the big boats. He never missed out. Always with Helen at his side, sometimes with us.
Unbeatable in a boat, unbeatable in passing on his sailing knowledge and unbeatable in his kindness.
So long sailor
Introduction to sailing
Our Thursday-evening club-room was full with experienced sailors as well as fresh beginners to hear Jools Brooks present an Introduction to Sailing. A good way to get started! Thanks goes to Jools for his excellent covering of the topic and in-depth sailing know-how.
New bank account
Our new bank-account is at BAWAG/PSK
IBAN: AT85 6000 0102 1028 7200 BIC: BAWAATWW
Learning how to Sail this year!
Dear future sailors,
The start of the sailing season is just around the corner. VISC will begin the season on 14 April at 19:00h with an introduction to sailing at our Thursday's sailing base Ufertaverne (An der Oberen Alten Donau 186), in the small Hofbauer sailing school training room.
Starting from then each Thursday evening you can join us at the Alte Donau to train your sailing skills or get a first hands-on induction by our experienced skippers and/or close the day with a drink or dinner in the beautiful setting at the Ufertaverne restaurant.
As in past years, the VISC will coordinate for you the official sailing training for the Austrian inland waters license (Fahrtenbereich A) in English.
This license is a great introduction to sailing and allows you to independently sail or charter a boat on Austrian lakes. The VISC offers this course in cooperation with the sailing school ''Hofbauer'' located at the Alte Donau very close to the VIC. The license consists of a theory and a practice part. This year the theory classes in English are held on 6 consecutive Mondays (excluding holidays) starting from 9 May 2016. The lessons take 3 hours each from 18:30h - 21:30h at the Hofbauer school (address: An der Oberen Alten Donau 191). The dates agreed with the sailing school are early in the season so that you have enough time to practice what you learned before the season closes in the autumn.
Theory course dates are:
9 May, 23 May, 30 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June.
The exam can be done any Friday afternoon after the course is concluded at the Hofbauer school. We need to coordinate the English exam with the school so that the examiner is prepared to provide the exam in English.
Costs for the theory lessons are 60 EUR plus 15 EUR for the exam.
The practice lessons and the practice test are done separately from the theory lessons. They can be done before, during or after you have taken the theory exam. 10 practice lessons have to be concluded with a sailing teacher. The practice is individually coordinated with Hofbauer school. VISC will help you to set them up if that should be necessary. They consist of 10 1 hour-training sessions with a professional sailing coach from the Hofbauer school. They can be done individually or as a small group up to 4 people. The costs vary depending on how many persons attend the lesson. If you decide to share the lessons each lesson has to be done in the same group.
The costs for the practice lessons are:
385 EUR for 1 person,
295 EUR per person if two persons share the trainer
275 EUR per person if three persons share the trainer
255 EUR per person if four persons share the trainer
As an extra there are 40 coupons included for renting a boat from the Hofbauer school on your own for training without a coach.
The fee for the practice exam is 20 EUR and another 30 EUR for the issuance of the license.
We need a minimum of 8 students in order to be able to organize the theory lessons. The English lessons are open to anyone also without relation to the UN. Please let us know if you are interested and share this information with anyone interested. We would like to gather enough students to be able to organize the course in English.
Please let us know by 30 April if you plan to attend this year’s sailing license training.
The 2016 AGM took place on February 25 and was attended by over 40 enthusiastic members. The various officers reported on the events and results of 2015 and new Committee members were elected.
The VISC Committee now presents itself as follows:
Commodore: Joep Winkels
Vice-commodore: Andrew Parker
Quartermaster: Taissa Sobolev
Log-Keeper: Gyula Kis-Benedek
Rear-Commodore (Training): Antje Reepmeyer
Rear-Commodore (Program): John Plumb
Rear-Commodore (Liaison): Malcolm Kirk
Frank Honan, John Brooks, Emil Farkas, Sarah Poe, Christophe Xerri
John Kinney, Ralf Kaiser
We finished the meeting with some major knot-exercises and a final 'monkey-paw'-knot-contest. At 19:30 we closed the meeting and all of us are now looking forward to the sailing-season starting on Thursday 21. April 2016 at the Ufertaverne, Alte Donau!
Clubs' Days in the Rotunda
The VICREC Clubs' Days will be held again in the Rotunda on 20 and 21 January. To make it as big a success for the club as last year we need volunteers to man the stall for those two days and to help with setting up and taking down. Please use the Doodle link sent to all members to sign up to volunteer.
Christmas Dinner and Prize Giving
Wednesday 16 December
Vienna International Sailing Club held its Christmas Dinner and Prize Giving on Wednesday 16 December 2015. Some 25 members attended and the club trophies were awarded. Unfortuinately Helen and Bob were not able to join us and receive their trophies.
Some pictures are on the Facebook page.
VISC Adriatic Week
24-31 October 2015
The VISC Adriatic week was once again a great success. We had beautiful weather (except for one day), fair winds and pleasant company. Some photographs are available here.
Bart's Bash and VISC Autumn Regatta
The Bart's Bash and VISC Autumn Regatta was held at Segelschule Hofbauer on 20 September in strong and gusty winds. Several boats dropping out and one capsized so we ended with only three results.
The VISC Summer Regatta was held on Saturday 4 July at Segeschule Hofbauer. The results are available here.
TS Pelican of London
Ten club members enjoyed a good weekend sailing Seascape 18s in Fertőrákos, Hungary.
A short report is available here (or view Reports).
BFA Binnen Theory Course
The English language Theory Course for the BFA Binnen (Austrian inland waterways certificate) is underway.
Thursday sailing will restart at Segelschule Hofbauer in April. Check the Programme for details.
Sailing is open to everyone. Non-members must sign a waiver form each year. Please be at Hofbauer by 17:30 so that crews can be organized and boats assigned. The organizer for each week is listed here and can be emailed for more details, as well the membership form accessed.
2015 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 26 February at 17:30.The new committee for 2015 was elected and the list can be seen on the About Us page. The Agenda for the meeting and reports of the officers are available in the 2014 Annual Report.The new Club Championship trophy was collected by Frank on behalf of the winner, Jools.
2014 VISC Adriatic Week
The first VISC Adriatic week has been a resounding success, with fantastic winds and warm sun and sea. Six crews took part in Elan 431s in both the club regatta on 25/26 October and the Target Regatta, 31 October/1 November, producing impressive results even against the "big" boats. Between these two regattas seven people successfully completed their Croatian Skipper's Certificate, and the rest of the group cruised in the Kornati National Park, visiting Piškera and Murter before returning to Vodice.
BFA Binnen Theory Course
The next BFA Binnen (Austrian Yachtmaster license) course will start in the spring.
Information about online correspondence course
Interested in going a bit further than just the BFA-Binnen License? Have a look at the newly posted report about your options in online learning. Click here.
The VISC has arranged with Ocean World to supply a range of clothing with the club logo. Full details here or via the link in the left navigation bar.
RYA Courses in the VIC
The club can arrange several RYA training courses in English in the VIC. For further info on Short Range Radio and Radar courses see the Training page.