Breeze on down

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Sailors Oli Woods, Toby Jones, Alex Mark, Taylor Mark and Matilda Burgess will help others learn to sail.
Camera IconSailors Oli Woods, Toby Jones, Alex Mark, Taylor Mark and Matilda Burgess will help others learn to sail. Credit: Holly Thompson/ Sound Telegraph

Rockingham’s Cruising Yacht Club will host its annual Discover Sailing Day this weekend, allowing anyone who may be interested to get out on the water.

The event will run from 8.30am till 4pm on Saturday, with each hour a different time slot available to book.

Cruising Yacht Club Vice Commodore Michael Jones said people will get an average of 45 to 50 minutes out on the water.

“We put someone who can sail the boat with people who are trying it out and there are rescue boats at the ready as well,” he said. “We do a safety briefing before they head out but we try and make sure the majority of the hour is out on the water.

“On average they get around 45 to 50 minutes sailing, so they get a good chance to understand whether it is something they want to continue with.”

Mr Jones said usually the event was almost full, but this year was looking a little quieter due to COVID-19.

“This year seems to be a lot quieter because a lot of the winter sports are still on after starting later due to COVID-19,” he said.

“We are not even half-full, but that’s fine — we’ll still be having lots of fun. What better way to social distance than out sailing in a boat?”

The Cruising Yacht Club runs a sailing program from 8.30am till noon on Saturdays for about 24 weeks for those who keen to take it up.

“It starts the weekend after the September school holidays through to Easter and is just over $300 for that time,” Mr Jones said.

“We supply all of the equipment so all parents need to pay for apart from the initial fee is for a rashie or a wetsuit if needed.”

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