Newsletter #1 
Welcome to the 2015 IFDS Worlds newsletter
The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria is very proud to host the 2015 IFDS Combined Sailing World Championships, taking place in Williamstown, Australia.

I invite you and your teams to enter for the event, and we look forward to seeing many international sailors and teams here to join the Australian contingent for some great racing on what we consider to be a fantastic body of water on which to sail.

You also have the option of staying on to compete in the ISAF World Cup - Melbourne, almost straight after the IFDS Worlds. Make holiday of it and stay on in Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.

Please follow the links in this newsletter to find out more about the event, the Club, Williamstown and weather information. Bookmark these links so you can easily come back for the latest information.

Once again welcome to Williamstown and RYCV and we’ll see you in November.

Michael McLean
Chair, Organising Committee 2015 IFDS Worlds

On-line entry open
Eligible boats may enter by completing the on-line entry form and paying the required fee by 1 November. Late entry fees apply after 15 October.  
Notice of Race 
The Notice of Race has been released. Click here to download the document.
Useful links
Contact details
Phone: + 61 3 9397 1277
Fax: + 61 3 9397 8169

120 Nelson Place
Williamstown VIC 3016
Accommodation options
Accor Hotels are the official partner of the IFDS World Championships with rooms being offered at three locations within an easy distance of Williamstown: the Novotel in St Kilda, the Ibis in central Melbourne, and the Pullman and Mercure hotels in Albert Park. You'll find more details on the 2015 IFDS Worlds website, under the "accommodation" tab.  

There's also a range of accommodation options within Williamstown  itself, including serviced apartments, bed and breakfast, motels and caravan parks. The Williamstown Information Centre website has a list of the various accommodation choices.
Containers and recieving
Freight forwarders in your own countries should have arrangements with a receiving agent here in Melbourne who will arrange Customs and Quarantine clearance and delivery to the Club. However if you need the services of a receiving agent here in Melbourne, we have appointed Stokes and Bell as our recommended agent. More details here.
Carnet – the best and easiest way through Customs is with the use of an ATA Carnet (an international customs and temporary export-import document). If you are sharing a container it would probably be best if there was a separate carnet for each owner of equipment in that container.
Australia has very strict quarantine laws and regulations, especially as it relates to the use of timber as props etc inside containers. Timber should be ISPM 15 compliant. Timber that is not ISPM 15 compliant will require mandatory treatment. For more information please follow this link as a quarantine inspection will almost certainly take place, most likely at the company depot.
We have been advised that if possible get your freight forwarder to arrange a direct service to Melbourne to avoid any possibly prolonged stopovers in foreign ports. We have also been advised to allow plenty of time for your container to arrive prior to the event to allow for any hold ups in shipping delays and possible customs and quarantine delays.
Storage of containers
The Club has limited space for storage of containers during the event, and there will be a charge for storage outside of the event itself. Therefore we recommend that containers be emptied and taken away and then reloaded into a new container at the end of the events.

About the venue
The Royal Yacht Club Victoria (RYCV) was initially founded as the Port Phillip Yacht Club in May 1853, and is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Australia. The Club is situated in Williamstown, Victoria just 13 km away from the centre of Melbourne, with a stunning view of the city skyline, and is steeped in decades of yachting history and tradition. Today RYCV boasts more than 900 members and over 300 yachts on the register making it an ideal club for sailors with all levels of experience.
With a rich history as Melbourne’s first sea port, the coastal town of Williamstown has developed from an industrial centre to a cultural maritime village.  The historic township is surrounded on three sides by water, with a stunning view of the Melbourne city skyline. The eastern shoreline is sprinkled with remarkable buildings, parks and memorabilia reflecting a fascinating maritime past.

Williamstown’s main commercial precinct is located along Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade, while the original town centre along Nelson Place is lined with historic buildings that have been expertly converted into restaurants, small shops and galleries. Views of Melbourne can be enjoyed from the Commonwealth Reserve and Gem Pier, where cruises and ferries depart regularly, taking you directly into the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Find out more online on the Visit Hobson’s Bay  website or in person at the Williamstown Information Centre.