BLOWN AWAY

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

LEARN­ING to han­dle even a tiny dinghy could be an en­tree to a life­time of plea­sure sail­ing. Aus­tralia’s ex­ten­sive coast­line is dot­ted with nu­mer­ous sail­ing clubs and schools that of­fer in­struc­tion to novices. Starter classes for chil­dren and adults at Queens­land’s Ma­roochy Sail­ing Club, for ex­am­ple, in­clude train­ing in boat han­dling and safety, rig­ging, rope­work and res­cue, and ba­sic sail­ing tech­niques and the­ory aboard a 14ft Vagabond dinghy. Hot tip: pack a change of clothes — just in case. A three-hour class is $45, but con­sider a six-session pro­gram to re­ally get into the swim of things. More: learn2­sail.com.au.

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