Hun­dreds dis­cover sail­ing fun

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport - John Bird

HILLARYS Yacht Club opened its doors to the pub­lic on Sun­day morn­ing and were in­un­dated with visi­tors to try their hand at sail­ing on the an­nual Dis­cover Sail­ing Day.

Blessed with a per­fect sunny morn­ing and a light breeze, 22 keel­boats made an av­er­age of four trips each to cater for 250 chil­dren and adults while more than 100 new sailors tried their hands sail­ing the smaller dinghies.

Un­der the watch­ful eye of the skip­per, guid­ing a 34-foot yacht be­tween dinghies, other keel­boats and the Rot­tnest ferry was no mean feat for a young­ster barely able to see over the steer­ing wheel.

Fam­i­lies quickly re­alised the po­ten­tial of the chil­dren learn­ing to sail, be­gin­ning

with the fun, games-based tack­ers’ pro­gram in dinghies, while par­ents could crew on keel­boats, learn­ing the ropes and en­joy­ing the so­cial as­pects of the club.

Dis­counted mem­ber­ships are avail­able for a lim­ited time. Visit www.hillarysy­acht club.com.au or call 9246 2833.

Sally Malay skip­per Ian Walker had many ‘dis­cov­er­ers’ on board.

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