The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - STU­ART McLEAN

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.

Pic­ture: Steve Tyson

The burn­ing boat shed col­lapses into the wa­ter early yes­ter­day.

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