SETTING SAIL HUGE SUCCESS
THE Douglas Sailing Club had a successful start to the season with an action-packed weekend on the water.
Saturday saw a great turn out for the Come and Try Sailing day, which was first launched in 2006, with enthusiasm now regenerated by lots of smiling faces.
Mother Nature smiled on the club and cooperated with their wishes by supplying perfect winds and as a result the club gained 15 new sailors.
Douglas Sailing Club secretary Yolanta Turnham said their new membership drive was a terrific success.
‘‘We encourage anyone to come out and try sailing, it is a lot of fun,’’ she said.
‘‘We are very safety-conscious here at the club, we will put you in a life jacket and only experienced sailors will take you out.
‘‘Sailing is a very positive and fun experience, it is really great to see people enjoying it and joining up.’’
The revamped club held their first competition sail day on Sunday and received support from two A-Class Catamarans from the Lake Tinaroo Sailing Club, four F18s from Ellis Beach and three 4.5 boats from Douglas Sailing Club.
There were four races conducted in 25-knot winds and the winner of the premier race was Luke McMullen followed closely by Rob Latimore in second place.
The Most Fun Sail went to Leigh McNeillie, due mainly to the fun all-girl crew.
‘‘Approximately 50 people came to the club barbecue afterwards, all the sailors and their families,’’ Ms Turnham said.
‘‘The wind was up and it was just a great day of sailing.’’
The fun continues in Port Douglas next month with another Come and Try Sailing day at the club on Solander Boulevard on Saturday, May 25, from 10am-noon followed by a sail day on Sunday, May 26.