Abell Point Yacht Club and ma­rina now united

Whitsunday Times - - STAY.PLAY.EXPLORE -

ALL great mari­nas have a yacht club at­tached – or so Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet be­lieves.

With this in mind, Mr Dar­rouzet has thrown his sup­port be­hind the res­i­dent Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC), whose mem­bers have high hopes for a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship ahead.

The bare bones of the agree­ment were worked out at a meet­ing be­tween Mr Dar­rouzet and APYC com­mit­tee mem­bers on Tues­day, March 25.

“It took us a while to work through all the is­sues of the sup­port re­la­tion­ship but now it’s all done and we’ve for­mally re­solved that we will be a ma­jor spon­sor of the yacht club,” Mr Dar­rouzet said.

“They’re a sep­a­rate en­tity – we don’t want to con­trol them, we just want to par­tic­i­pate and we think that with our help they can do some great things and have some great events.”

One of the ways Mr Dar­rouzet hopes to sup­port the club is by mak­ing “a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion” to en­hanc­ing its mem­ber­ship base.

“We’ve got the ca­pac­ity to give people a real ben­e­fit from join­ing the yacht club on top of the ca­ma­raderie and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sail­ing events,” he said.

APYC rear com­modore Tim Os­borne said the club had en­dured its “ups and downs” over the past 18 or more years, but the new com­mit­tee was keen to see it re­vi­talised.

“We’ve got a lot of tro­phies for races that haven’t been run for 10 years so we’re very in­ter­ested in bring­ing those back and we’re also hope­fully go­ing to be look­ing for new events that we could bring here to the club,” he said.

Barry Lake, who han­dles the cruis­ing side of the APYC’s op­er­a­tions, said the turn­ing of Abell Point Ma­rina into a des­ti­na­tion in its own right, would also ben­e­fit the club.

“It’s an ab­so­lutely pos­i­tive step and I think it will guar­an­tee the suc­cess of both the APYC and the cruis­ing side of the club,” he said.

Mr Os­borne re­it­er­ated the club was open to all types of ves­sel, whether sail or power-driven.

“Our main aim is to achieve ca­ma­raderie on the wa­ter, what­ever class of boat you’re on, from dinghies to white boats,” he said.

Mr Dar­rouzet said this was one of the facets he re­ally liked about the club.

“They’re very, very en­cour­ag­ing of power boat people join­ing in the events and go­ing to the ren­dezvous’ so it’s not just a sail­ing club – it’s a yacht club,” he said.

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