Giorgio Impiccini, 8, at the Port Curtis Sailing Club Junior Start Sailing program.
Giorgio Impiccini, 8, at the Port Curtis Sailing Club Junior Start Sailing program. Brenda Strong

Kids sail into fun new sport as club hosts program

SAILING is a sport that is often overlooked by children beginning their time in the recreational world, preferring mainstream ball sports like rugby league or cricket.

To halt that trend and encourage fresh faces into the sport, the Port Curtis Sailing Club held a Junior Start Sailing program from January 5 to January 8.

Eight of Gladstone's young, energetic kids on school holidays enjoyed the program, which included curriculum from Yachting Australia.

Learning everything from sailing jargon to basic rules and rigging, the participants had an excellent time over the four days.

"We teach them how to steer, how to work the sails, and how to leave and return to shore," training principal Sue Doyle said.

"We start at seven or eight years old."

Out on the water, the program included a paddling session, towing component and sailing different boats.

Children who decide to go on with the sport go through a mentor program to further equip them for sailing.

The program hopes to create interest and lock in numbers for the sport, well into the future.



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