GET SEA LEGS AT OPEN DAY
HINGS are looking pretty good at the Darwin Sailing Club these days.
There’s a feeling in the air that the winds are blowing good fortune the club’s way this year and it shows.
The club has upgraded facilities, is all set for a great season of racing which kicks off tomorrow, meanwhile in July it will host the 29th Minnow National Championships giving Northern Territory youngsters a chance to mix it with the best in the nation.
Club Publicity Officer Avenal Lockett said the start of the sailing season was always an exciting time for members but particularly so this year.
‘‘We’ve had lots of renovations, a new bar as well and we’ve worked with the Trailer Boat Club and the Northern Territory Government to replace the rock wall. All of this work is almost finished,’’ she said.
Today’s expo and open day at the Darwin Sailing
TClub provides a great opportunity for those interested in joining the club as a social member or as a prospective sailor to see what’s on offer.
There will be something to keep young and old entertained for the whole day whether it be a sailing display, wine and beer tastings or information on yachts.
The Minnows class yachts will be out on the water racing from 2.30pm and for something different this year there will also be windsurfing demonstration.
Avenal said windsurfers were valuable in helping young sailors learn about the wind. The pace picks up about 3.30pm when the catamarans hit the water.
‘‘They really zip along and will be quite entertaining,’’ Avenal said.
But it’s not all about speed.
If there is a particular type of sailing that takes your fancy, club members will have all the information prospective sailors need.
New members who sign up on the day go into a draw for a chance to win a great prize.
The club’s training school will have a display and other sailing associations will have displays including Yachting NT, the Cruising Yacht Association and the Under 30s. Sailability NT, which provides sailing opportunities for people with a disability will be there. Sailing is an activity for everybody, providing physical activity, mental stimulation as well as plenty of social opportunities.
The club provides opportunities for volunteers both on the water and in the race tower, all volunteers are provided with the training to be part of a team and have some fun while supporting other members.
Club sponsors will also have information displays.
But if you are not so much into sailing but socialising, the wine and beer tastings could be for you. Free activities starting at noon include something for the children, a jumping castle and face painting and for everyone there is a sausage sizzle..
Live music with Brooke Barnett and Friends starts from 5.45pm.
Today’s open day runs from 10am to 6pm.
The Darwin Sailing Club is on Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay. Phone 8981 1700.