SET­TING SAIL HUGE SUC­CESS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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