Learn to sail pro­gram

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -


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.

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