COMMODORES NOTES FEBRUARY 2024
Well another January bites the dust and as usual it was a ripper. Bumper crowds, great weather, cold beer and the best location in the world. What more could you want? As is now the custom, it was members only for January which stops any overcrowding issues and once again we had no trouble whatsoever. Everyone was there to have a good time and enjoy our hospitality. Our old trusty clubhouse did it again and is still standing, although we did have a couple of power failures, but thanks to Powercor, the power was restored in record time. We ran our traditional free sausage sizzles and seafood raffles every Wednesday and Friday evening, this now returns to just Friday evenings. The generosity of our members who come along and support our local community by buying raffle tickets never ceases to amaze me. It’s sensational. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped cook the snags, pick up glasses, check memberships at the gate, hand out the snags, drive the bus, sell raffle tickets, tear off the tickets for the barrel etc. There's too many of you to mention but you know who you are and you are all invaluable to our club. We are still open 7 days a week until Easter and our happy hours will return very soon. Don’t forget our facilities are available to members for Weddings, parties, anything but you must book well ahead.
Jody and Me selling raffle tickets. It was bloody hard work but hugely successful.Our community is going to benefit greatly.
UPCOMING EVENTSSATURDAY ARVO BLUES ARE BACK
Our first one for 2024 is on Saturday 17th February, 4pm till 7pm.Featuring BLUE SUNDAY BLUES BAND. We’ve had them before and they are brilliant. As usual it’s free entry and a free sausage sizzle. These events are not profitable. They are for giving back to our members and visitors.
GOLF COMPSaturday 24th February 2024. Sign in starts at 10.30am for an 11:00am start. Then around 1.30pm we'll head down to our club for a free BBQ and refreshments for all competitors. We will be driving the Gator around the course during the comp supplying refreshments to keep everyone hydrated. Heath Wilson and the Wilson family are sponsoring the day and we will be raffling a Round of Golf for 4 people at Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club valued at $1,700. It’s us versus the banjo playing hill people up in the clouds at the Country Club. We are the current champions so please put your name down at the Aquatic Club so we can make it back to back.
This is the President of the country club Ian Stewart practicing his putting.
CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA
Sunday 25th February 2024As part of the national clean day LIVE WIRE PARK and the Lorne Aquatic & Angling Club will be organising Lorne's contribution, as we have done for the last decade. In 2023 we were delighted that 50 Lorne locals and visitors participated in cleaning up rubbish along the beach and roadside from Big Hill to Cumberland River, a fantastic effort and a ton of rubbish. This year let's get involved again and clean up rubbish to enhance this spectacular part of the world. The Team will be at the A Team from 7.30 am with gloves, collection bags, sunscreen and tongs, just bring a hat and lots of enthusiasm. Get involved for a few hours and stop the rubbish before it gets into the ocean. Supported by every business in Lorne.
HOMEGROWN TOMATO COMPETITIONSPONSORED BY LORNE PHARMACY
Friday 1st March 2024. Just turn up at 5pm with your entry. We have prizes for Biggest, Smallest, Funniest Shape and Best Tomato. You must be a member to enter your tomato.
MAJOR FISHING COMP NUMBER ONESPONSORED BY LORNE AUTO CARE
The weather was pretty good which allowed a few boats to get out. We had strong participation with 30 competitors and 26 of them weighing in a fish. There were quite a few good-sized fish caught with a lot of high scores.Everyone enjoyed a scrumptious roast lunch expertly cooked by Flea and salads by Annie McMahon. The winners were:
Winner: Elijah Abraham with a Snapper, 2619 pointsSecond: Benjamin Abraham with a Trevally, 2492 points Third: Violet Dawson with a Flathead, 2236 points
Winner: Brett Stewart with a huge Flathead, 3838 pointsSecond: James Anderson with a Salmon, 2771 points Third: Ric Barham with a King George Whiting, 2596 points
Note: The points for all the anglers are displayed on our website.
These are twins Elijah and Benjamin Abraham who competed in their first-ever fishing competition
and came first and second in the juniors. It was a sensational result.
This is Violet Dawson who beat her two brothers to get Third. She did a great job.
Senior winner Brett Stewart who is one of our fishing stalwartsand is often in the winner's circle.
Senior Second James Anderson.This was James' first ever comp with us so a great effort.
HAWAIIAN SHIRT WEDNESDAYS
These nights are getting bigger and better every year. We were lucky with the weather and had 4 perfect Wednesdays in a row. I reckon the members wearing a Hawaiian shirt each week is now over 50% but I’d love to see it higher than that. We gave out almost 400 free drinks to those wearing a Hawaiian Shirt and 12 generous prizes.
These were our winners on the 3rd night for Best Ladies, Best Bloke and Brightest. When we noticed this gorgeous little girl we added a one-off junior category for the night. Later when Jody and I were selling raffle tickets we came across the girls family and saw that she had a twin sister dressed the same. We felt terrible and wanted to give them another prize but they said no and the two girls would share it. (Sorry we lost everyone’s names)
LORNE FIRE BRIGADE (CFA) FUNDRAISERSPONSORED BY GREAT OCEAN ROAD BAKERY
This was held on Australia Day with perfect weather and a bumper crowd. We had to close the gate a few times because we had reached our comfort zone crowd. There were always plenty coming and going so the ones locked out didn’t have to wait long.The Lorne Fire Brigade Volunteers turned up in force, got behind our brand-new BBQ and cooked up what looked like a thousand snags to feed the hungry hordes. The sausages, onions and sauce was generously donated by FoodWorks Lorne and the bread donated by the sponsor for the day, Great Ocean Road Bakery. Jody and I battled through the masses selling raffle tickets for our now traditional and much sought-after print kindly donated by Leon Buchanan’s daughter Kat. The generosity of the crowd was extraordinary with one regular well respected and popular member who wants to remain anonymous donated $500. We smashed our previous record of $2,500 and sold $3,332 worth of $1 tickets. I reckon this record will stand for a while. We will be adding to this and presenting them with a nice big cheque later this month.
Some of the Lorne Fire Brigade Crew. Tony. Sue, Lisa, Dee, Kev and Frank.The captain Lee must have gone to the loo.
Part of the crowd looking comfortable in our Lazarus Lounge
Boat fishing has been pretty good with plenty of calm days allowing anglers to get out several times each week. The flathead are still biting extremely well with lots of big tigers and the odd Yank among the common Sandy’s.There’s plenty of pinky’s being caught but not a lot over the 40cm mark which isn’t an issue because they are the best eating size and great fighters. King George Whiting catches are on the increase with some pretty big ones being landed. Gummy and School Sharks are still fishing well with lots of small ones being released. There’s big schools of Yakkas and Slimy Mackerel appearing everywhere now that the water has reached 19 degrees. There’s been quite a few Nannygai, Trevally, Flying Gurnards, Teraki, Sweep and Blue Morwong being caught when targeting Snapper. The Pier is still producing good numbers of Whiting, Mullet, Trevally, Salmon, Snapper, Calamari and even a couple of Kingfish.
Our Vice Commodore Ric Addison with a School and Gummy Shark he caught the other day.
SAYING OF THE MONTH
Our new range of merchandise is now available to purchase at the club house, whilst stock lasts. Our new 2024 colour range is available in long and short-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies, caps, stubby holders and an exclusive first time ever cotton sock and new black smart polo.Stock is selling very fast, so get in quick to avoid disappointment. XL short sleeve t-shirts are being re-ordered and will be back in stock soon, terracotta currently available. Don't forget our merchandise deals, stubby holders $10 each or if purchased with a can of beer or UDL only $15, socks $15 a pair or 3 pairs for $40. Limited stock.
Jason is now open Thursdays to Mondays with his world famous coffee, hot chocolate, tea and bickies.
Here’s Jason AKA Pin Head strolling out of the water after a leisurely swim.
The bus is currently operating on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. We still need volunteers to drive it so if you can help please let Ian Hutchinson know.
Thanks to our sponsors
KEANE CONTRACTING BRICK/BLOCK and SCAFFOLDING – Gary Keane
SURFCOAST GARDENING – Kerry Webster & Rob Dalziel