Small club big hopes
New kids training boats arrive
THIS weekend the Maroochy Sailing Club will put up their sails and reveal their new line of Tacker boats.
Thanks to a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council, the club was able to purchase six high-performance sailing boats which they will launch on Saturday, August 27.
Maroochy Sailing Club principal instructor Graeme Hattrick said the purchase meant the club could offer nationally recognised courses for kids aged from seven to 12 years-old which were “safe and very structured”.
“It set a few advantages to be able to for the first time introduce a structured nationally recognised sailing course for young people that is affordable and safe and very structured within the Australian national sailing umbrella,” he said.
“Not only are they designed to be safe and enjoyable, the whole course is designed to be safe and fun they basically learn how to sail a boat by playing a game.” Mr Hattrick said without the grant, a small club like theirs wouldn’t have had the funds or opportunity to get the boats suitable to launch the Tacker program.
“Australia sailing devised a program called Tackers, which is specifically designed for 12 year olds and there’s a specific type of boat that is safe and indestructible and fun to sail,” he said.
“We were fortunate enough for the Sunshine Coast Council to give us the grant last year, it made it possible to purchase the boats and make it all possible.
“Now we are an accredited sailing centre, which makes its possible to make those courses.”
Division 8 councillor Jason O’Pray will visit the season launch, where he will “bless” the fleet.
Everyone is welcome to attend from 11.30am onwards to have a look at the boats, or visit www.maroochy sailingclub.com for more information.
MOVING FORWARD: Maroochy Sailing Club principal instructor Graeme Hattrick prepares for release of new 'Tacker' boats to train young children.