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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.

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