New sailors test out their skills on Auckland Creek at series end.
New sailors test out their skills on Auckland Creek at series end.

Yacht club juniors sailing ahead

THE final week of the Port Curtis Sailing Club Buddy Series took place on Sunday in the sheltered waters of Auckland Creek in front of the Gladstone Yacht Club.

As high tide lapped the edges of the Marina parklands, 12 prospective new sailors and their buddies tacked and gibed in the dinghies and sabots, practising the skills they had learned over the past three weeks.

Next Sunday the full complement will begin eight weeks of Learn to Sail, from which they will emerge in time for the September school holidays with the confidence to rig, launch, sail and retrieve their own sabot.

The junior sailing program owes much of its success in recent years to Claire Marshall, a member of the sailing committee and a keen member of the all-women team racing Fuzzy Logic this year.

It is the persistence of interested parents and committee members that give junior sailors many opportunities to travel and gain experience in their sport.

The club has been fortunate to be the recipient of several sporting grants recently, including a grant from the Sports Commission for Women in Sport to attend race management courses, a Gladstone Regional Council grant for the purchase of two new sabot sails, and a grant from Rio Tinto for the purchase of race buoys.

Claire has been invited to attend a workshop titled Leadership in Sport and will be keen to bring new skills back to the club to further the sport of sailing.

The Three Islands Race scheduled for next weekend has been postponed due to a clash with Relay for Life, so sailors can swap their sea legs for land ones in support of the event at Chanel oval.

For information about Learn to Sail or sailing matters contact reception at the Gladstone Yacht Club on 4972 2294 or go to www.gyc.com.au.



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