Op­ti­mist do­na­tion boosts club’s fleet

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

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.

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

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.

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