Small club big hopes

New kids train­ing boats ar­rive

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: HI­LARY RUTHVEN

MOV­ING FOR­WARD: Ma­roochy Sail­ing Club prin­ci­pal in­struc­tor Graeme Hat­trick pre­pares for re­lease of new 'Tacker' boats to train young chil­dren.

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