Learn to sail program
LEARN TO SAIL AND OFF BEACH PROGRAM:
Whitsunday Sailing Club’s learn to sail program, followed by the club’s Off the Beach racing program recommences on Sunday, with the Learn to Sail program starting at 8.30am.
With limited positions available, the course is open for all age groups (recommended minimum age 9).
Students should bring change of clothes, as it is likely that they will get wet, and footwear (not thongs) suitable for wearing in the water. Hat and sunscreen are also recommended.
The learn to sail program also offers opportunities for parents to get involved as volunteers.
The learn to sail program runs for nine weeks, and covers all aspects of the sport, starting with some theory on how a boat sails against the wind, applicable knots, capsize drill, tacking and gybing. The course focus is on the water; with maximum time spent sailing the club-owned boats, while some on-shore sessions are also included. Further information is available by contacting the Whitsunday Sailing Club on 4946 6138 or via email.
Following on from the club’s learn to sail program, the off-beach division of the club is in full swing on Sunday afternoons, with the first race of the day to start at 1.30pm. A variety of dinghy classes competes each week. The program for the day includes up to three races, each of 30-40 minutes in duration, followed by a sausage sizzle for the competitors and volunteers.
Local sailor Eden Humphrey, who came through the club’s learn to sail program last year, has now progressed to the laser 4.7 class, where she competed in her first major regatta, the Queensland Youth Championship.
Eden, 13, got hooked on the sport after starting the learn to sail program at the club in February last year, progressing at a fast rate, and learning enough skills to compete in the club’s Sail Airlie regatta at Easter last year.
SMOOTH SAILING: Eden Humphrey.