Sailors’ salute to generations efforts at memorial day
LAST Saturday, February 22, almost 150 members representing four generations of sailors gathered at the Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) for a special memorial day organised and initiated by club patron and Life Member Barry Austin.
Brought into existence as the Gladstone Aquatic Club in the early 1940s, the PCSC has grown from its humble roots into the vibrant sporting and social club that we have today.
The solid foundations of the club were formed by those "mates from the past", as Austin put it, who gave their time, skill and talents towards the establishment and continuance of a fun, competitive sailing club for Gladstone.
The purpose of the Memorial Day was to unveil a plaque to honour the men and women whose vision and efforts made the good times that we enjoy as Gladstone sailors today possible.
Speaking at the event, Austin, along with inaugural life member Jack Mortensen shared stories of the club's beginnings, members who are no longer with us and the challenges of keeping the club alive for over 70 years.
Club Commodore John Ibell also took the lectern, expressing his thanks for the work of past members.
Ibell's father, the late Roy 'Dinga' Ibell, was a life member and former president of the PCSC.
Ibell is active in the club, racing an Impulse class dinghy and he and his sons are soon to be sailing on their yacht Restless rounding out three generations of sailors from the Ibell family at the club.
The plaque itself is situated next to the club flagpole and reads: This plaque is in honour of our great sailing mates, men and women. May the wind always be on your favoured quarter. Fair winds and thank you for the memories. Bless you all.
These apt words from Austin encapsulate the sense of family that is famous in sailing clubs - especially at the PCSC.
This weekend the first Championship Series race of the year begins at 2pm.
Look out next week for a full report of results and standings at the halfway point of the club season.