BOAT LOADS OF STRIFE
THE sailing community has rallied around junior sailors after an inferno destroyed much of a Sydney club’s fleet yesterday.
The early morning blaze, which police believe may have been deliberately lit, destroyed dozens of sailing skiffs — many of them handmade and passed down over many years.
Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club Commodore Max Gundy was alerted to the fire in a phone call and arrived at the club about 4am to find the shed well alight.
Mr Gundy said the club lost 40 boats in the fire.
“People are going to be feeling a loss,’’ he said.
Mr Gundy said while the fire was soul-destroying for the club, he was heartened by support from the sailing community.
He said he had been contacted by several sailing clubs offering to donate and lend boats. “We are determined next Saturday will be a normal sailing day,’’ Mr Gundy said.
The burning boat shed collapses into the water early yesterday.