Keelboat Racing News
October 27, 2020
Discover Sailing Day Success
Hillarys Yacht Club opened up their doors to the public on Sunday morning and were inundated with visitors to try their hand at sailing on the annual Discover Sailing Day. Blessed with a perfect sunny morning and a moderate breeze it was obvious that our Western Australian population is looking for more local opportunities to enjoy our wonderful environment following the Covid-19 lockdown. Fourteen keelboats made an average of five trips each to cater for four hundred adults and children, nearly two hundred went for a sail in a dinghy and eighty four tried out paddling kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Potentially fifty new members took advantage of the discounted October joining fee.
Under the watchful eye of the skipper, some had the opportunity to take the helm and steer the boat whilst others enjoyed being up the front with the wind and spray in their face. Families quickly realised the potential of the children learning to sail beginning with the Tackers’ program in dinghies whilst parents could crew on keelboats, learning the ropes and enjoying the social aspects of the Club. The Club offers learn to sail programs for adults and courses for children in the school holidays.
Hillarys Yacht Club has an “open door” policy in October where visitors can come and try activities of the angling, dinghy, dive, power, paddling and keelboat sections as well as the hospitality facilities.