Newsletter – November 12, 2018

Dear Members,

With only 5 weeks and counting until Christmas, please enjoy the final weekend before the surf club season gets into full swing!

Patrols kick off on Saturday Dec 1 – thanks to Patrol 4 and their Patrol Captain – Fergus Orr for getting things started. A number of maintenance tasks have been completed and club facilities should be in great shape.

Our twice annual publication “The Haven” is in production and will hit your mailboxes pre Xmas. In the interim, these newsletters will contain all the necessary information for the surf club summer.

Please can you forward these emailed newsletters on to other members of your family who are involved in the club. In some instances, family group memberships are all registered under a single email address leaving our database incomplete.


The FALCON Teams and Patrolling Member Lists have now been uploaded to the Fairhaven SLSC website under the ‘Patrols’ section. They are also available on the Fairhaven App.

Also available is a Factsheet that once again explains the FALCON Program as well as the new patrolling structure at the club for the upcoming season.

Go to:

If you have any further questions, or would simply like clarification on a patrol-related matter, please send Michael Henderson an email at:
[email protected]

We are looking forward to seeing you on the beach for another fantastic season of patrolling!

Requalification of Awards

Approximately 50 active Fairhaven members have already requalified across the last 2 weekends at Sandridge and Fairhaven. Thanks to our Training and Assessment team for their efforts.

All patrolling members need to requal if they wish to patrol this season. Remaining opportunities to requal are as follows:

  1. Fairhaven SLSC: 15th December 10:00am
  2. Fairhaven SLSC 27th December 12:00pm

Members must complete the online theory and register for the requal they wish to attend via the following link:

Membership Renewals

Please renew your membership of Fairhaven SLSC as soon as possible. The Club needs the support of all of its members. Nippers registration requires a paid up Family Membership to be accepted.

For Active/Patrolling Members – you need to be financial in order to be able to requalify for the forthcoming patrolling season.

Full details here:

Please contact Nicole Clarke – [email protected] or 0439 804 772 – if you require assistance with the renewal process.


Kirstin sent out a detailed email on Monday with lots of information about Nipper dates/ registration/swim forms/ Carnival dates and our post Xmas Bronze Camp.

A link to that email can be found here.

Please contact Kirstin Charlesworth at [email protected] or Nicole Clarke [email protected] with any queries.

Supagas Member Deal

FSLSC has recently changed over its gas supplier to Supagas and obtain a much better deal. As part of this arrangement, treasurer – Pam Freeman was able to secure a great benefit for Fairhaven members.

Any members not currently with Supagas are able to reduce their current gas price by 25% and also get 50% off their current rental price for Gas Tanks and cylinders.

To set up an account with Supagas, please contact David Boyd on 0448 864 307 or [email protected] and let him know you are a FSLSC member.

The club is grateful for the support of Supagas!

Tim Gates Classic

Sunday 6th January 2019 – 4.30pm

Online Registration now open!

In an effort to streamline the process for our members, you will notice a slightly different registration process compared to previous years. Please register early and support this fantastic club event!

Go To:

Once again, our major sponsor is Great Ocean Properties and we are very grateful for their support. Marty Maher has kindly put together a promotional video for the day which promises to be a fantastic one.

Ladies Luncheon – Tickets On Sale

Please join us for the 5th Annual Fairhaven Ladies Luncheon in celebration of the contribution women have made to the Fairhaven SLSC.

Saturday 19th January 2019

Open to female members 15 years of age and above.
Tickets $35 – includes Lunch + some drinks.

For more details and to book your ticket go to:

For all enquires, including anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet for ticket purchasing:
Nicole Clarke
M: 0439804772 (club phone),
E: [email protected]


The LSV State Endurance Titles were held at Mornington Lifesaving Club on Saturday 10th November. 5 Fairhaven athletes competed.

Charlie Cornwell – U12 1km swim silver, 2km board race 7th
Gabriel Cornwell – U14 2km swim 4th, 4km board race 6th
Paul Patrick – Masters 6km ski gold, 4km board gold, 4km run gold
Rebecca Patrick – Masters 2km swim silver, 6km ski silver, 4km board gold, 4km run gold
Chloe Hardman – Masters 6km ski gold, 4km board silver.

This is a great fun event and we hope to see many more competitors next year.

2018 Lifesaving World Championships

November, Glenelg LSC, Adelaide

Ant Altman, Paul Patrick & Brad Cummins

Fairhaven has 8 competitors in ocean and beach events and three masters boat crews at this event.

So far, we have only had 2 days of ocean events – individual and teams.

Highlights so far include:

  • Silver mens 130-149years board relay – Ant Altman, Paul Patrick & Brad Cummins
  • The boys also came 6th mens 130-149 years taplin relay
  • Bronze womens 45-49 individual ski – Chloe Hardman
  • Rebecca Patrick 5th 40-45 ski, 7th in iron and board
  • Chloe Hardman 6th in 45-49y iron
  • Brad Cummins 5th 35-39y iron
  • Paul Patrick 6th 45-49y iron

Beach events and surf boats to compete in coming days. Go Fairhaven!

Chloe and Rebecca

Fairhaven Author in Our Midst

“NOT BAD THANKS” by Graeme Willingham

The Willingham family have been supportive and involved members at Fairhaven for many years.

Graeme and Jenny, along with many friends, are regular patrons at the Sunset Bar and contribute strongly to the summer scene at Fairhaven. Graeme’s photographic poster of club life still adorns the walls of many Fairhaven homes. Sons, Andrew and Richard, are former leading Nippers who went on to become active members. Both enjoyed notable junior competition success with Andrew gaining Victorian state selection.

In 1980, Graeme Willingham started a basketball club in Melbourne with the interesting and curious name of NOT BAD THANKS. Players have included his own sons and Fairhaven luminaries such as former president Trevor Baxter and his sons Oliver, Elliot and Hugh.

Recently Graeme has published a book about the club’s antics on and off the court. A “grassroots” outfit with something of a “mad cap off court culture.” and a current player age range between 25 and 73. It is a most enjoyable read. Gerard Whately (SEN 1116) said: “It’s fabulous. Graeme has done a great job here.”

NOT BAD THANKS by Graeme Willingham has also received strong reviews from leading basketball identities including Lindsay Gaze, Malcolm Speed and Chris Anstey. This amusing book is about club camaraderie – there are clear parallels with our own great club at Fairhaven.

Fairhaven members and friends interested in reading more or purchasing NOT BAD THANKS are invited to visit

The book will also be on sale at Great Escape Books – Aireys Inlet

Fairhaven Cycling Enthusiasts

Member Jack Lynch now resides in Sydney and writes articles for various cycling magazines.

Jack had recently published a piece in Aust & NZ Cyclist magazine which mentioned Fairhaven SLSC and that his favourite bike was custom-painted in Fairhaven colours.

See this link for the article and great photos of Jack on his Haven inspired bike!

See you on the beach soon!

Best wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC