Optimist donation boosts club’s fleet
Retiring Federal Member for Brand Gary Gray donated a sailing boat to The Cruising Yacht Club of Western Australia in Rockingham last Tuesday.
The Optimist Class is one of the most popular junior yachts in the world, intended as a sail trainer for children, and originally belonged to Mr Gray’s son, who has since outgrown the vessel.
“Optimists are great ways for young people to learn how to sail and one of the terrific things about Rockingham and this sailing club is this amenity — it is just superb,” Mr Gray said.
“It’s the water, the summer and the way in which kids get outdoors and enjoy life, which is unique to the city.”
He said the donation was a small gesture of thanks to the communities in the electorate of Brand for their support and goodwill over his nine years in Parliament.
“It’s my hope that the dinghy will be used in the club’s accredited training courses for beginners to encourage more youngsters to learn the skills of sailing, and later, the benefits of teamwork, which are encouraged by the sport,” he said.
TCYC’s Commodore Kevin Sneddon said it was really good of Mr Gray to donate the yacht, which was worth $2000.
“The donation of the Optimist Class will increase the club’s fleet ... and will allow us to put more juniors on the water,” he said.
Rear Commodore John Clements with Madeleine King, Gary Gray and Commodore Kevin Sneddon with the Optimist Class sailing boat, which was donated to The Cruising Yacht Club of Western Australia by retiring Federal Member for Brand Gary Gray.