Abell Point Yacht Club and marina now united
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.